Mechanic interview questions shared by candidates
You are in a boat in a pool with a rock in your hand. You throw the rock into the pool. Does the water level rise, drop, or stay the same?13 Answers
depends on how big the pool is and how accurately you can measure the water rise
you're already in the pool with the rock, so the water displaced is the same...this other guy is stupid
If the rock were neutrally buoyant the water level would remain the same. It is heavier than water which causes it to displace more than its own volume while in the boat compared to at the bottom of the lake. Therefore the water level of the lake would go down.
At the moment the rock leaves your hand the water falls in the pool. When the rock enters the water the water level of the pool rises again to the level it had before you threw it.
really? I thought the water would go up ?
These answers are troubling. The only correct answer so far is Ben. The water level goes down.
I'm not a mechanical engineer, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night. I hope no one else who has answered this question here (except for Homebrook) is a mechanical engineer. When you add the volume of the rock and subtract the volume of water previously displaced by the boat+rock, there is no change in the water level of the pool. Another way to answer is: The water level measured at the side of the pool remains the same. The boat becomes more buoyant and the water level measured at the side of boat falls.
The weight of the boat plus you plus the rock has already displaced the height of the water. The only time the water level will change will be when the rock is mid air.
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It will raise by the same volume of the rock.
First time, the water buoyant force is equal to the mass(boat + person + rock).g /subsequently, the water got displaced was also that much, the water level on the pool will be higher. second time, since rock is gonna deposit down to the bottom of the pool, it'll be like: water displacement = (boat + person).g + the volume of the rock (but it's probably much less than the water displacement it could have created when it's on the boat). There is no way that rock is displacing the same amount of water as it did previously. (1kg gold (Density: 19.30 g/cm3) and 1kg silver(Density: 10.49 g/cm3) in normal situation has different volume, so when deposited to the bottom, silver will displace more water than gold, yet both displace less water than when rock was sun-bathing on the boat) In conclusion, first time the water level was higher both on the pool wall and the mark on the boat, second time it'll be lower on both end.
Depends on how big the rock is
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Asked how the strength to weight ratio of aluminum and steel compared.3 Answers
strength-to-weight ratio in typically the material's strength (which is force per unit area upon failure) divided by its density. Aluminum has a tensile strength of 572 MPa and a density of 2.81 g/cm^3 which computes to . Steel, on the other hand has a tensile strength of 505 MPa and a density of 8.00 g/cm^3. So, as can be seen, aluminum has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than steel
Strength to weight ratio can be defined properly by the Yield strength (which defines the maximum stress that a material can handle before plastic deformation) to Density (mass/volume). Aluminum (6061) yield strength : density is 250MPa : 2080 kg/m^3 Stainless Steel cold rolled yield strength : density is 500MPa : 8000kg/m^3 For the same volume of material, the ratios are 1/8 for aluminum to 1/16 for stainless steel. You're getting twice as much the amount of strength on the aluminum per given volume than on the steel.
Other two answers here are kinda wrong and honestly I think they're missing the point of the question. Strength is entirely dependent on alloy. Some aluminum alloys will have a higher strength/weight than some steel alloys, and vice versa. Unless the interview specifies specific alloys, you really can't make a blanket statement about "steel vs aluminum." You can, however, make general statements about stiffness. Almost all the densities and elastic moduli of aluminum or steel are nearly constant across the alloys, and actually for straight tension they have very similar stiffness/weight. The difference comes in bending. The same weight of aluminum has a much large cross section, and therefore a much larger moment of inertia, so an aluminum beam in buckling or bending will be stiffer than steel. Hope this helps.
What has been your active role in the team process you're currently working with?2 Answers
Explained details of daily involvement, software used, level of completion of initial input received, and final deliverable.
I quote the repairs and write up the job router steps to include R & R parts, inspection. Testing, and FAA 8130
You will likely be asked simple technical questions (e.g. solve an equation or diagnose an issue). As an example for a mechanical engineer, "how does an easy bake oven work?" The point is to answer the question as fully as possible1 Answer
Explain about how the light bulb generates heat through the filament which provides both radiation and convection heating to bake the item. The oven provides insulation maintaining the heat. Write out the appropriate equation for bonus points
If given four projects of equal importance with the same due date, what would you do. Be specific253 Answers
So this interview was for the job announcement posted 2/8/16?
Yes, this was for the Patent Examiner (Mechanical) posted 2/8/16 and closing on 5/1/16. The first cutoff for consideration was 3/13/16. At a career open house at the USPTO in Alexandria I was told all the applications received by the 3/16 date but not selected for interviews would remain in the queue for consideration in subsequent rounds of interviews.
Keep us updated when you recieve a decision.
Ok, I was referred to a selecting official on march 31 but I never received an offer for an interview. I assume that means I was passed over this round since you already interviewed.
I applied 2/11/16 and had a phone interview April 15th 2016. Anyone know when I will hear back? this is for the alexandria location and biomedical position
I was also referred to a selecting official on April 1, but I never received an offer for an interview. I am not sure if that means we were not selected?
To give a vague answer to Jon's question, the SPE that interviewed me told me the interview questions and their interview notes go into a database the other SPEs can select candidates from. It could be a few weeks to a few months before you hear anything further. At the career fair last month a HR rep told me there will be new-hire orientation groups in June, July and August. That might give you some indication how long the offer, paperwork verification, etc. will take.
they are making selections this week. I would give it another 1-2 weeks before you hear back from HR for this round. what are some of your backgrounds and education? I have a ME degree, with 3.5gpa and also a few years of industry experience(although, that doesn't matter much since pretty much everyone starts at GS 7/9).
I applied 02/11/16 and had a phone interview April 11th, 2016 for Chemical position (Alexandria).
yea i interviewed on the 4-13-2016 for the electrical engineer position. we'll probably be updated either next week or the week after since they'll be interviewing the next round of candidates soon.
Does anyone know if design examiners been interviewed?
Regarding the Design Examiner interviews. I received an email on April 1st with a status change of "referred to the selecting official for further consideration", but I have not received any further communication. Has anybody heard how many Design Patent Examiners they are hiring.
I received the same email and also was never contacted for an interview. I'm wondering if interviews are being extended just as the deadline was. I was told they are hiring 30 design examiners, 15 in Alexandria and 15 in San Jose.
I checked with the HR person and was told that they will send out email in 2-4 weeks for the positon of patent examiner at Alexander site
they seem to be dragging it out i guess- selections have been made already last week. probably because the next class(training) doesn't start until June
I also spoke with HR today and was told they haven't made selections yet. According to their hiring timeline (http://careers.uspto.gov/Pages/PEPositions/Hiringprocesstimeline.aspx), there's only 4 week left for this cycle
supervisors make the selections though and pass on a list to HR. they then go out and contact selectees. I was told by someone inside that they were making selections last week. it usually takes 8 weeks.
So I'm assuming we will find out in 2-3 weeks. it can't be 8 weeks if they have training starting in june
so in like a week or 2 we will hear about it? is that for every discipline or just select ones? has anyone heard how many Biomedical Examiners they are looking to take?
No I meant 8 weeks from cut off. They usually have the same starting dates for all disciplines.
so the 8th week would be next week. so hopefully we find out next week.
so basically i was told that the interview is a formality to see you don't raise any red flag. all of our response were rated 1-5 and you just needed minimum 3
so we should hear back by May 13th? that's what I was thinking anyway and hopefully we all at least get a 3!
Good luck everyone!
This thread has been great while we wait for the interview results. Please keep posting if there is something new. I will post a reply when I hear back from them. Supervisor told me 2-4 weeks from the interview date. My interview was on Aptil 14th and he told me it was the last day of the interviews for the March 13 cut off date. And I'm only talking about Electrical patent examiner position. So yeah looks like we are going to hear back by May 13th max.
Agreed, the thread has been very helpful. While there is some confusion about dates and electrical/mechanical/bio-medical positions, it looks like mid-May is the likely time for offers or status change. Post when you hear something about utility examiner offers or design interviews/offers.
just some more info while we all wait(i know this process is painful- ive been through it a few times without good luck, unfortunately) June 13th is the tentative start date for ALL examiners for this round of hiring so that should tell you a lot. i just heard this today and apparently the Supervisors are apparently suppose to turn in their lists by tomorrow so calls/emails obviously follow after that is done. We might hear something later since the start date would be further down the road. i'll keep updating if i find out more or hear back from them. btw, the chemicals and computers i think hear back first and the electrical and mechanicals may hear back later as their interviews were conducted in that order.
@xyz before this how far did you get in the process so I understand the chances of getting the position post interview.
I've always made it past "referred to selecting official " and then an interview . However, you r interview is valid for 1 calender year- so I wasn't interviewed for this round as I had one last year in April. It's really easy to get past all this right before a selection because all they look for is GPA>3 and egr/technical degree. The problem is their interview process is pretty lame as in the person who interviews you in most cases don't even hire you or have any openings in their art unit. They just rate you and pass along info to a common "database " if you will. Then, folks who are actually hiring pick up your application if you are lucky -kind of like a lottery I'm my experience lol But , I will tell you this- if you have a EE background then your chances are usually better as the demand is usually higher. hope this helps. Good luck.
"Eligible must meet education requirement" does anyone know what it means? I already had the interview and the application status says that
RE: "Eligible must meet education requirement" Did you graduate yet? The position description included a provision to apply before your degree was complete so a conditional offer could be pending your final transcript.
What position were you interviewed for? EE? ME?
Thsnks. So does it mean i was selected or it's just a reminder that i have to graduate to be considered anyways. And yeah I haven't graduate yet. I will be graduating in May. I was interviewed for EE and Computer Engineering both.
Great thread guys, I don't have anything to add besides being another person waiting to hear back for this round. I applied for BME and CHE and had the interview 4/13
even tho I've gone through application and everything my status remains unchanged. is that the case for anyone else?
Yes the status hasn't changed for me either
Mine hasn't change either
I interviewed for the EE position on April 14 and am still waiting to hear back as well.
Has anyone applied after the first cutoff (3/13/2016) and heard anything? I applied this April 20 and have not heard anything.
Also does it matter that i changed my application (today) before the cutoff date? Does that make a difference?
I interviewed for an EE position on April 13 and am still waiting to hear back. The interviewer told me it would take 2-6 weeks for a decision.
I don't think people that applied after the cutoff will hear back until people that already interviewed hear back because they'll probably get interviews and stuff based on if the position has been filled or not. if people that got interviews already filled all the positions they probs won't get anything this round. sorry. maybe they may interview you and keep your application open for next years opening
Well this year the EE might not be the most eligible . The number of patent applications in electrical keep decreasing.
From a variety of sources (but not directly from HR): They are hiring 200 examiners, the priority is to fill the satellite offices first. EEs are still in high demand. This last round of interviews was 65 candidates (maybe more). So it is possible that many applicants who have not had interviews or received a "referred to a hiring official" status change may still be potential hires.
That makes a bit of sense given that there are 3 sets of start dates (June, July, August). So, if understand this correctly, the first set of interviews that went out were probably for the June start date. And the second closing date of next week will be for candidates that made the first and second closing date (all candidates that were not interviewed).
Has anyone had any status change?
Had an interview April 14 and still waiting.. Reading this thread has been very useful :) no status change yet
Spoke to HR today and they said that I should hear back in a week or so. I applied in February, so before the first cutoff date and had my interview 4/15/16. I applied for the BME position
So I'm guessing next week is the big week
I was told they have the lists back from supervisors- going through internal checking to finalize. I would advise anyone reading this to follow up with their respective HR specialists from the vacancy and ask status.( probably in the afternoon) reporting back here would be appreciated by everyone too so please continue this great thread.
I contacted my HR specialist today for the chemical engineer position in Alexandria, VA. She said we should hear back tomorrow
just called HR. she told me told me everyone will know their status by next week. I guess that means offers are going out this week
I'm the candidate who posted the question that started this thread. All went well (I think) with my interview and I also have a solid resume, but I just received an email let me know I was "not selected" for the mechanical patent examiner positions. Best wishes to all who are still waiting.
So i'm guessing they're sending out emails this week. based on major/department.
just got a referred not selected email for ME=( hope you guys have better luck=)
what does referred not selected mean?
apparently I got selected for GS7 and not 9(the one I got an email earlier). They will make calls later on in the week. referred, not selected means you were referred to the selecting official(interview stage) but were not selected for the position. good luck
hey xyz, how did you know you were selected? was it thru USAJOBS?
Anyone heard back about EE or CE or has it just been ME for now?
i know a chemical that heard back and was selected
I received a referred not selected for the ME position email today as well. Good luck to everyone else. This is the second time I have applied and gotten the same result. I had a 3.26 GPA in ME and now have 2 years of government engineering experience. I am not sure what I can do to make myself more attractive to the office.
I called and then also got an email. I got another offer so asked for an expedited response but think they let everyone know today for ME anyway. This is probably my 6th or 7 th time applying before I got selectedlol. It's not how good you are or how strong your background or experience is. I consider my credentials pretty solid(I posted them earlier) but luck plays a huge role with their ridiculous selection process(also posted earlier) BUT it helps to network and know people. I've networked with many people, some supervisors over the past year or so. A few friends of mine work there but networking with supervisors really help. They have yearly recruitment info sessions and visit college career fairs every semester.I would suggest going to them and connecting with them if you really want to get in.
I'll monitor this thread for a while- if you guys have specific qs on the selection process, I'll try and help answering them. Don't be discouraged be though- they regularly hire people. Sticking to it, learning the ins and outs of the process, and, talking and networking with people is an experience worth having in its own right.
Thanks Xyz, you really encouraged me since i'm hesitate to go to my Fridays interview, because it's my second time applying ... Did you encountered the same supervisor who interviewed you from last few times?
LJ, are you talking about design examiner interviews? If you have gone through the design examiner interview process, can you please shed some light on how many they interview compared to how many they hire? Also, are they done on campus only?
Glad to be of help. There shouldn't be any interviews scheduled yet as one round just finished. Although, that's for patent examiner positions which are phone/webex interviews only. Design patent examiner interviews are probably different. For me, I was interviewed last year on the phone with a preset list of behavioral qs outlined in the reviews. Pretty easy. In person might be different. I can tell you from the other job offer I got- almost all federal job interviews(in person) are panel type with folks going round the table asking from a preset list of qs. If it's in person, I'd guess they are similar. Look up the other interview reviews on here and filter to design examiner. Good luck
Hey yall, I just got an email stating I was selected for the Biomedical Engineer Patent Examiner. Is this the only interview they do or should I expect another interview?
abc, that means you're hired and they'll send an offer letter soon. did you get the email tonight? for those selected, when is the first day?
I did get an email tonight and it just said basically said I was selected and will be contacted by someone from hr within the next day
I wish i knew the order they were getting back to people. for those that got emails already when was your interview time and date
I wish i knew the order they were getting back to people. for those that got emails already when was your interview time and date
I interviewed April 14th 2016
And was selected for the job MAy2nd 2016
I interviewed april 13 and havnt heard back yet
What position were you interviewed for?
i also interviewed on the 13th and havent heard back. ee examiner
I interviewed for a ChemE position
I interviewed on April 13 for EE. I haven't hear back yet either
Just wondering for those who have heard back what's the first letter of your last name? I interviewed for a ChemE position on April 13th, my last name begins with "R" and haven't heard back. Wondering if response is alphabetically based considering it doesn't seem to be linked to offer/no offer, EE/ME/ChemE, date of interview.
I interviewed on April 13 for EE. I haven't heard back yet either; thinking of reaching out to the respectable HR on the job position to get status
I also interviewed for ChemE position on April 13th. My last name begins with "R" haven't heard back either.
I talked to HR person for ChemE position yesterday and seems like the offers haven't been sent out yet. She said we will be notified this week, but didn't specify exactly when the offers will be out.
I also interviewed for ChemE position on April 14, no word yet
Pls. update here, if you receive any email for ChemE.
I believe the HR specialist for chemE is out on training today. so we might not hear back today
I applied for the position (Mechanical, Chemical, and Biomed). I interviewed on April 13. Yesterday, I received an email stating that I was referred but not selected for Mechanical. Then, later in the day, I got an email from the HR person who handles Chemical. The odd thing is that her email asked me to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment by May 5. What does this mean? I have not been contacted about a status update nor a job offer. Any insight? PS: My last name begins with "N".
I think that could be part of the process of making an offer? I would call the HR person who emailed you and ask what that means to clarify. Please update here when you have any further information.
I interviewed on 4/13 for a BME position and received notification on 5/2 that I was selected. In a follow up email for the Declaration of Federal Employment form, they indicated a tentative start date of 6/13. Hope this info is helpful for those still waiting - good luck!
Great informational thread, thanks to those involve! Interviewed for BME on 4/13 late in the day. Still haven't heard back but am feeling hopeful. Have BS in biomedical engineering, concentration in EE and MS degree in Engineering. Just wondering if those who applied and received offers have similar background. I want this job because job searching makes me die a little bit every day on the inside. Anyways, best of luck to all those waiting to hear back. <3
I interviewed on April 13th, for the ChemE position. I have not heard anything back yet, I have applied before, and usually the office follows the timeline outlined on their website exactly. So i figure if you hear back this week then you are hired, otherwise at the end of week ten(according to the cut off date of your listing) a automated email is sent out, saying you were referred but not selected. good luck
Also interviewed 4/13 applied for BME and ChemE since i have my BS in BME and MS in ChemE but i still have not heard back. so i am hopeful sometime soon. hopefully tomorrow
Anyone hear back on EE roles? I interviewed on April 14
I haven't heard anything on my EE application yet. I interviewed on April 13th.
Interviewed for EE and CP. April 14th. Didn't hear back yet. As people said in this thread we should hear back by this Friday. Good luck everyone
I applied for EE position and just received notification that I have been selected. Last name starts with "C" and interviewed on April 13th. It seems that the selections for EE and Comp Science will begin to be sent today. It may take until Friday for HR to finish sending all decisions to the applicants. Best of luck to everyone and very grateful to all who have contributed to this posting.
I am one of the few design examiner applicants and I haven't heard anything. I'm assuming we're on the same time line as the engineers. Are there any other design applicants watching this thread who may have more information?
Regarding Design Examiners - I was contacted late last week to schedule an on-site (Alexandria) interview this week. I was told the "selected" notices would go out by the end of May with a start date (if selected) of June 27.
Do they only do on-site interviews for design examiners, or phone interviews too? Also, do you know how many interviews they are having?
Re: Design Examiners. They are interviewing on-site in Alexandria over the next two weeks (not sure about San Jose). The interview includes a visual aptitude test, so on-site is the only way to accomplish that. Short test and then a panel interview with three SPEs and concluding with a campus tour with an examiner.
Has anyone else gotten yes/no since may 2?
still waiting for a decision and i haven't been able to reach HR
Haven't heard anything at all.
AHC, the first made a comment on today May/4, said he received a job offer today, and his last name starts with "C". As for me, I still waiting for the decision and my last name starts with "I"
I have not heard anything yet. And my last name starts with "B"
^ what deparment/major are you guys waiting on? I'm waiting on chemical and biomedical
Waiting to hear about EE, interviewed on the 14th. No status change yet.
I applied for EE, and was interviewed on April/13
I'm biomedical and I heard yesterday and spoke to HR
Any ChemE heard back?
bme and still waiting to hear! last name L
I'm ChemE and haven't heard anything
EE and CP. Last name with "S". Interview date April 14th. Haven't heard anything.
I posted on May 2; ChemE last name N; still no word.
I spoke to HR yesterday and they all seem to be quite flustered. I think that their strategy of having the posting open for three months and having the cut-off of 03/13 has backfired. I applied for both GS levels and only received one email. The offer letter finally explained the GS level that I was hired. So, quite different experience from XYC a couple of days ago. I would not be surprised if they do not get to all candidates this week. However, since week nine begins next week for those who submitted the application by 03/13, I strongly advise you to call your HR contact next week and ask for the decision. The delay does not necessarily mean that you will not get the job, just that they have their hands too full.
I interviewed April 13, 2016 and received an email on May 2, 2016 that I was referred but not selected. Applied for ME.
I called and they said we should hear back by tomorow
Which department's HR did you talk to?
has anybody been able to get in contact with the EE HR? 3 days now and I haven't been able to reach her. AHC who did you speak to?
I haven't been able to get a hold of the EE HR rep either :/
FYI guys- I applied for both ME and EE. got selected for ME and haven't heard back for EE. It has been my experience from the past that they typically contact the selected people first and then the non-selected ones. If you are waiting to hear back for any discipline- I'm pretty confident you should do so by tomorrow. If you don't, you can assume you were not selected for this round BUT they should be starting again for the next round. remember, there are classes(patent academy training-4months) starting in June, July, and August.
At xyz so are you saying they've already picked all the selected people and they already emailed them earlier this week?
Will they select people from this interview round for the next classes or will they go through the whole process of interviewing again?
Thanks for bringing everyone's hopes up xyz :/
Do they respond to emails or just phone calls?
So i have heard through a friend at the office, that offers have gone out for all disciplines. HR keeps it open ended just in case some people reject the offer, which happens more then you think apparently, in which case the supervisor can select another from the list. I would still keep hope through 2morrow, but if you are still waiting by next week, unless someone rejects their offer your chances are slim. The part that sucks is that HR will keep it open ended till the end of the 10th week sometimes, to send you the rejection. Sry to be a downer but that is what i was told, so i figured i would pass along. Good Luck to all
xyz is right. it's common practice for the office to send the rejection emails a week or two after the've made selections. it is also common that they hire folks they have already rejected for later classes.
well, i guess that's that. hope we all have better luck in the next round
Just got an e-mail I was referred not selected :( Good luck guys!
Just got an email I was referred not selected as well for the EE :( I also got an email about Computer Engineering about tentatively selected and requested an OF-306 form. But I'm not sure what happen next. My status has not change yet on the website
Did you get the OF 306 form today? That's federal employment declaration form. So they're still sending out notifications of selections today/tomorow
Anyone got email for ChemE?
@SR nope I emailed ms. Bridgette (I'm assuming that's your HR specialist too) and she said we should hear back by tomorow. But I do know a cheme that got an email Monday with just the federal employment declaration attached it didn't say anything else
RE: ChemE; @SR; I also got the email monday that said to send the Declaration by today (May 5). I assume there is a backlog on contacting applicants but the automated process must continue. Thanks for all the updates.
Yes she is my HR too. Hopefully we will hear by tomorrow.
I just received the rejection emails for both EE vacancies. I thought my interview went well and I have BSEE, MSEE from top 20 Universities and 10 years engineering/telecomm experience in private sector and USG. Any thoughts on how I can round out my application for next time? Perhaps taking and passing the Patent Bar will help? Good luck to everyone!
I think it's as xyz mention; networking, going to the job fairs and talking to several of the SPE. Not sure if not getting selected is solely based on qualification. Of all the SPE I spoke to at the job fair non of them has the Pantent Bar. Good luck everybody :)
I got rejected for EE too.
maybe they'll hire more EE's in the next round. i have worked at the office before and my class was 70 percent EE's
I also received a rejected letter for EE. How and when to apply in the next round?
MMO, it will be automatic and we won't have to interview again
Just received a referred but not selected for ChemE.
Same here. Referred, not selected for ChemE.
also, i received the referred not selected before and still got an offer a month later
referred not selected from chemical
I got selected for ChemE (Last Name "N" from post on 5/2).
@stu, how did you get an offer after? did you apply+interview again? maybe your rejection was for one grade (gs9/7) but your acceptance for the other (gs9/7)?
@Jake, i had only aplied for gs7. and no we won't have to apply or interview again. my guess at the time was some folks dropped out before the start date
here's the message i got last time As noted in the vacancy announcement, interval cut-offs dates have been established for this particular vacancy. If you are not selected for the cutoff date under which you applied your application will continue to be valid and therefore carry over to the next established cutoff. Your application will continue to be considered for the position until the vacancy is closed completely or you withdraw your application via USAJobs.
"Selections and offers are still pending" response i got from biomedical department
^ this was the email response when i asked for a status update
Unfortunately for me and other ChemE candidates it doesn't look like they're hiring for the July or August class as USAJobs only shows Vacancies for ME/EE/CompE. Congrats to all who were offered.
^^^^ not true. those vacancies are for the Detroit positions
referred not selected from chemical :(
Referred not selected for ChemE. :( Congrats to those who got offers.
I emailed last from biomedical and she said they're still doing selections by selecting officials
I got the form on Tuesday. I got my tentative offer letter today for the CompEng position.
I applied for cut off date May 1st as I was not able to apply earlier. I still have a chance?
Anyone still waiting on biomedical it seems like all other majors for the majority hVe heard back
I applied EE and CE, still haven't heard back. Anyone have any info?
Interviewed for EE and CE GS 7. I also applied for GS-9 but didn't get any interview fro that. Yesterday received an email "referred not selected" for GS-9 EE position, which I knew I wasn't gonna get selected. Still waiting for GS-7. emailed and left voicemail for the HR. Will update when I get a reply.
Still waiting for BME. Interviewed on 14th. Are there any other BME applicants waiting? I'm thinking if I haven't heard anything by now my chances are pretty slim :(
^ so i interviewed on the 13 and I'm still waiting to hear back. i emailed the HR person and she was like offers and selections are still pending. if you can get in touch with them and you heard something else please lemme know
was reading through this today (it was very informative, thank you) and reviewing my submitted application when I saw the line "Applicants must have submitted application before March 13th to be considered." I submitted mine on March 23rd - does that mean I am not going to be considered for this position at all? I don't understand why they would leave the online cutoff date open until May 1st but only consider applications submitted until a non-posted date. I have only received an email saying that my application is in the "HR Review" status and no word on an interview (although it has only been a week) Does anyone know if there will be a second round of hiring/interviews for applicants after that March 13th date?
I applied mine on May 1st. HR said it was second cutoff date and you were eligible to do so. I guess your application will be reviewed after May 1st.
Question for the individuals who got selected last week - 1. How long does it take to get an offer letter after receiving the "selected" email? 2. Does the offer letter come in a separate email? Or does the HR call first and then send the offer letter? 3. How long did they give you to make a decision? 4. After accepting the offer, how long does it take for the background check and all other paper work?
Re: Design Examiner positions. Got a call on May 1 to set up an interview. Interview is this week.
Do you know how many they are interviewing for Design Examiners?
RE: Design Examiner - Don't know how many interviews there will be, but I was told there would be two weeks of scheduled interviews for 15 open positions in Alexandria. When I interviewed (last week) there was another candidate waiting in the security checkpoint line with me, so for at least some time slots they are conducting at least two at a time. The skills test, interview and campus tour lasted almost 1-1/2 hours. Again, not sure how many of those they do in a day.
Thanks for the info Andy. Were the on-site interviews just for the Alexandria location, or for both the Alexandria location and San Jose office? I am asking for a friend, he had a phone interview for the design examiner position. The skills test was computerized, and the phone interview was with a panel of three people.
RE Design Examiner. Not really sure how the interviews vary between the two locations. I live several hours from Alexandria and received a call to set up a time for a live interview. The phone interview option was not offered. I believe you choose a location (Alexandria or San Jose) during the application process.
RE: Design Examiner: My interview was last week. Was told there's over 100 interviews in 2 weeks. they'll make decision on next Tuesday. We'll get the result no later than early June. Good luck
Does anyone has any more updates on EE and CE? Selection/offer letter/final offer?
For those still waiting to hear back for the Biomedical, I was contacted and received an offer letter last week around may 4th or 5th. I applied april 14th.
Has anyone received FIRM offer letters for the examiner positions starting June 13th? Haven't heard of any new developments after I got a tentative offer and need to give notice to my current employer soon ..
Re: BME offer letter on May 4th or 5th. Congratulations! Very glad! Total processing time for you is about 3 weeks. When did you have interview?
Got my tentatively selected email at 3am for EE. Wow they work early
nono, give hr a call if you got a tentative offer. thanks I had my interview on april 14th. fairly quick turn around for the government
anyone heard for 2nd round interviews? I applied march 23rd and have only gotten the "your application is being reviewed"
@ T my roommate is waiting also should be coming soon no later than next week I would assume. first round to be referred took me about 2-3 weeks
Great thread everyone! all the information was really helpful for the 1st round of hires congrats to those who will be joining in june!
Re: Design. I received selected email for San Jose today (5/18) I interviewed on Wednesday (5/11) at the Alexandria location.
Re: Design, Congratulation! Did you only apply for one location or both ?
Re: Design, Thank you! I applied for both. I actually live near Alexandria and was hoping to be able to stay in the area but it looks like I will be moving. Does anyone know the start date for design examiners?
RE: Design Start Date. During my interview on May 10 I was told the Alexandria start date for new Design Examiners was June 27. Don't know if that will be the same for San Jose. I only applied for Alexandria (I'm also local), but now I kinda wish I had applied for both locations. Enjoy the west coast.
RE: Design-It looks like they gonna fill up San Jose's vacancy first. Anyone got any update from local?
For those who applied after the first cutoff, I just received an email stating that my application has been verified and will be fully reviewed before it is forwarded to a selecting official. (BME) Has anyone else got that?
mmp, you will be receiving a qualification email real soon
I applied last march 10, 2016 and interviewed April 13, 2016. On May 2, 2016, received email that "referred not selected". However, today, I received another email stating that I was referred for selecting official. Does anyone know what this mean? Am I on the second round? Do I need to have another interview?
^^^ you are in the second round and wont need to interview
Similarly, I applied for BME patent examiner position and got a "referred not selected" email on May 11th; however, today I was sent an email that stated I was "referred to the selecting official for further consideration." Assuming this means I am in the second round pool, can anyone comment on the timeframes for second or third round offers in relation to the start of the June, July, August training sessions?
I received "Application received" email on May 9. and I received referred to the selecting office email on May 20. This is for CE. I guess next step is interview.
Does anyone know the difference between GS7 and GS9 in work wise? Does all new hires start from step1 of pay rate?
Any design examiner receive their tentative offer?
Regarding GS7 VS GS9, it's all about production. Not sure of the specifics, but I think GS7 is 85% of expected production and GS9 is 100% of expected production. Where you start on the 1-10 step pay scale I believe is based upon experience/salary at your last position or your grades if you are coming straight out of university.
Did anyone hear from the computer engineering (CE) posting? I see the EE and BME got selected but I have not heard about CE getting selected.
My USPO status didn't change and I never got an email, but my status on the career connector page changed to "referred to selecting official" Any idea what that means?
@anon I also received the same email for BME I'm assuming the second round will start in july
Does anyone know how many there are hiring for the second round in the VA office. Or are they just now looking at satellite postings.
Design Examiner: I was interviewed on site in VA on May 3rd. I was told they were interviewing a total of 14 people that day and they would be selecting a total of 15 people for that location. I thought the interview went well and I have an MFA (I don't know if that is a positive or negative as far as the hiring process is concerned) I think the interview went well but I have not heard anything back yet. Has anyone else heard anything or know when we will hear back? I was told that the start date should be around the end of June. It has been 3 weeks so I am starting to get concerned I am not sure how long this process takes it has exceeded the projected 10 weeks at this point.
RE: Design Examiner: This is week ten since the announcement closed, so I would expect selections or not-selected notices to go out this week.
I applied on 05/01/2016. Did anyone who applied the same time receive a response?
I received referred to the selecting office email on May 20. I guess they are selecting people for interview now.
@sssss - did you get an email/did your USA jobs status change? my career connections status changed but not the USAjobs page
I just received a Referred to Selecting Official. I was interviewed on April 14th for ChE and didn't make the first cut. I thought all openings were already filled.
@T I got the email and USA jobs status changed.
RE: Design Examiner (Alexandria) - This morning I received an email with a tentative offer of a GS07 Design Examiner Position with a start date of June 27. I assume it's tentative while HR confirms my transcripts and background check.
Congrats! I am still super nervous I haven't heard anything back!
Andy what is your background? I have a masters degree and I am not sure if that is a positive or a negative.
Kay - My degree is technical art and I have some intellectual property work experience. By reviewing the many comments on this thread, I'm not exactly sure what the criteria for the ideal candidate looks like for any of the examiner positions.
@Andy - Congrats! Did you do interview after receiving an "referred to selecting official" email ? When did you do the interview and totally how long did it take to get offer ?
@ssss, Everything about the process followed the published hiring timeline on the UPSTO site: http://careers.uspto.gov/Pages/PEPositions/Hiringprocesstimeline.aspx
When does round 2 start?
@ssss week after referred to selecting you get interview email so this week and next week would be your interview and you hear back like 2-3 weeks after interview.
I applied in February and recieved an email that my application was sent to the selecting official April 1. I was called to schedule and interveiw on April 29th. My interview was May 2nd and I still have not heard back I called hr and they could not give me a time frame but said I would hear back either way. It is a long process. Hope that helps
ssss, which field did you apply for? so everyone who had gotten referred in may are really in the third round it seems
Hello all, I was "referred to hiring official" twice (mechanical) and received my second "referred not selected" email today for the "second round consideration". We'll see if I get a chance in the third round.
I got the same email (refereed not selected ) for ME. however, I did not receive that email for the other disciplines (EE, BME, CE). Is that the case with everyone else?
got an email from chemical saying they're not hiring anymore cuz they have reached hiring goal for fiscal year
Yep, got the same ChemE e-mail that I was referred but hiring goal had been met. Bummer.
Me too. I received the same email for CE, Referred but not selected'. Can I still hope? For BME, email said' not meet the educational requirement'. I have MS in technical with a strong BME research background. What should I do?
Wow and here i thought we had another round of hiring. Thanks for the info guys
^ when did you get the BME email? I think they prefer that the degree match with the position applied. If people are getting the email about quota filled I wonder if they will do 3rd round then or just close it off.
Did anyone else hear back for Design Patent?
For BME email, I received it after 3 weeks of submission. I was surprised too. What to do?
at this point your application won't be looked at until further point. i would suggest just applying again at a later date but just apply for whatever you have a degree in. it seems like you got pretty far in CE. have you applied to the dallas or san jose position for bme?
Thank you. I will apply there too.
any other departments/majors heard from second round. or is the hiring closed for all. I'm sorry for people in third round who won't even get a chance due to this.
i got an email from bme saying selections not made.
Just received email referred not selected for the second round. I applied in the first round for EE.
I interviewed for the design patent position about 5 weeks ago and I still haven't heard back. Has anyone received an offer or not selected? Should I call HR I am assuming I was not selected but my status has not changed?
Jay - RE: Design examiner, I received my formal offer letter last week along with the information to begin the pre-employment background check. The start date for this group of design examiners is June 27. So, I would assume if you have not heard from anyone in HR, that you were not selected. Keep at it, I believe there will be several waves of new examiners joining the PTO.
Anyone applied again to San Jose positions?
I applied again to San Jose positions with CE after not selected at VA location, interviewed on July 14. Still waiting for ...
it takes about 2-3 weeks after interview for them to get back to you. so maybe by beginning of next month
Re MTD: Did the interview questions changed from the first interview? I received the referred to the selected official email on June/30, but haven't heard anything about a second interview.
Re Celo: The questions are kind of almost the same as first interview ..
I interviewed for san jose on the 14th as well. Any else apply to the alexandria posting.
hi all im hired for the detroit position for PE ME but i live in texas and also i applied for the dallas one too. my application was referred to officials for dallas. do you think they select me for dallas too since i live here?\ thanks
Anyone applied to San Jose positions hearing anything back yet?
I just received referred not selected email for computer engineering, but I also applied for electrical engineering which is my undergrad degree.
im in still under selecting official for both dallas and san jose. hope i hear from dallas this week. i start on Monday in Detroit next week.
Re Celo: When did you interview for CE/EE position?
I was interviewed in April for the Virginia position (EE), but wasn't selected. Then I applied for the San Jose CE and EE. I received the not selected email for the CE yesterday, and waiting to hear about the EE. Best of luck to all of you guys.
Did anyone here re-apply again the same place after not selected within a few month? Since VA is open again ..
do you know how it take to hear something after been referred? i got referred on jun/30 but i got hr email on jul/7
I applied to VA again, its a long way before they start reviewing our application. another 2 weeks
I received referred not selected email for computer engineering for a week ago.. is anyone here to hear anything about Dallas position yet?
Got the OF 306 form via email for Dallas fairly recently
they've started reviewing applications for position in alexandria
has anyone applied to the alexadria position again?
I did receive an e-mail with the confirmation that I got selected for GS-9 (Computer Engineer). That's for Alexandria, VA.
If two vehicles are identical, except for one weighing twice as much as the other vehicle, and they roll down a hill, which car reaches the bottom first? Neglect air resistance. Assume the extra mass is in the body of the vehicle.13 Answers
They get there at the same time.
The heavier car reaches the bottom first because the rotating inertia (wheels) of that car makes up a smaller percentage of of its mass. This is why the question mention /where/ the extra mass of the heavier car is.
Heavier vehicle reaches first. Because the wheel of heavier vehicle have a bigger angular acceleration due to heavier body weight.
Considering the wheels to be a small part of the vehicle mass, and neglecting external force, here air resistance, Law of conservation of energy is applicable. Mgh = ½ Mv^2 + ½ Iω^2 assuming ½Iω^2 to be a very small quantity considering mass of the vehicle, we can neglect the same. Thus, velocity square is directly proportional to twice the product of g*h, as mass cancels out in the above equation. Thus, velocity is seen to be independent of the mass of the vehicle, and thus both of them will reach at the same velocity.
from an energy standpt PE = KE + Work PE= KE(tran) + KE(rot) + work m(overall)gh= 1/2m(overall)v^2+#wheels*(1/2(m(wheel)*radius^2)*angularvelocity^2)+ m(overall)*g*h*cos(angle of slope)*dist so if we take out all mass overall... and some algebra v^2 = 2[ gh - #wheel*(1/2*(mwheel/moverall)*radius^2*angularvelocity^2)- ghcos(theta)*d] terminal velocity is dependent on mwheel/moverall, if car is heavy on body, theoretically it should be faster than a lighter car.
The vehicles are no longer identical.
how long is the hill? if short - light car will reach first. if long enough, then heavy car (which has lower acceleration, but can attain higher terminal velocity) -- heavy car must overcome greater inertial delay at top of hill, so gets a slower start.
Light weigh car reach first, because the heavier body vehicle will stop the rotation by its mass itself
They reach at the same time. Assuming the mass is included in the body and minimal friction and no air resistance, mass will not be a factor. PE will be completely transformed to KE by the bottom of hill meaning mgh=.5mv^2, mass cancels out meaning mass doesn't matter. This is similar to dropping a feather and a bowling ball on the moon. No air resistance so they hit the ground at same time. Don't over think it. That's the worst thing you can do in an interview.
Same time... Don't listen to the rest of the shmos what we are really worried about here are the cars acceleration From FDB: F = ma = mgcos(theta) - FrictionForce = mgcos(theta) - mu*NormalForce = mgcos(theta) - mu*mgsin(theta) Divide both sides by m, and there is no mass left in equation... just a = gcos(theta) - mu*gsin(theta) Therefore, the equation is independent of mass and they arrive at the same time.
They should reach to the bottom at the same time. The solution is as follows: Based on "Law of conservation of energy", assuming the mass of both vehicles are M1 = m, M2 = 2m, where, the velocity for both vehicles are v_1 and v_2, and angular velocity for both vehicles are omega_1 and omega_2, the inertia for both vehicles are J1 and J2. The height of hill is h The equations are listed as: M1*g*h = 1/2 * M1 * (v_1^2) + 1/2 * J1 * (omega_1^2) (1) M2*g*h = 1/2 * M2 * (v_2^2) + 1/2 * J2 * (omega_2^2) (2) Note that rolling is in the plane of X-Z about Y-axis, based on "Parallel Axis Theorem", Jyy = 1/12 * M * R^2, where R is defined as the half width of the vehicle. Thus, J1 = 1/12 * M1 * R^2; J2 = 1/12 * M2 * R^2, due to both vehicle are identical in shape. Also, v_1 = R*omega_1; v_2 = R*omega_2; substituting M1, M2, J1, J2, v_1, v_2, into (1) and (2), such that: omega_1 = omega_2 = sqrt(2*g*h/(R+1/12)) (unit: rad/sec). Therefore, v_1 = v_2 = R*sqrt(2*g*h/(R+1/12)) (unit: m/sec); Assuming the length of slope from the top to the bottom is "L", the time ("T") for both vehicle rolling to the bottom is: T = L/v_1 = L/v_2 = L/(R*sqrt(2*g*h/(R+1/12))) (unit: sec). In conclusion, these two vehicles will spend identical time on rolling to the bottom.
Angle of the hill? Has the car the same bearing size in the wheels? Much mass is more radial load and then more friction. The question needs to be more specific.
The two vehicles are identical, so both have the same power plants, and if they are rolling under power with the same control settings they will reach there at the same time.
If you were in a dark closet with 49 white socks and 1 black one.how many socks would you pick so as to ensure that you exit the closet with a pair of similar colored socks15 Answers
this is probability qtn and always prober provide prober answer 3
All of them. In a dark closet it is hard to distinguish colors.
At least 3
I would make 25 pairs of socks in the dark then choose 2 of the complete pairs. It’s a high possibility I would come out with a white pair!
I would pick as many as I needed to make sure that they matched.
In absolute darkness everything is the same color so It does not matter. Color only exists because it is a function of the visible light absorbed or reflected by the sock.
If you have a refrigerator in an isolated room (no heat in or out) and left the door to the refrigerator open, what would happen to the temperature to the room? Would it go up, down or say the same?13 Answers
If the door to the refrigerator is left open, the frige has to work harder because now it has to try to cool the entire room rather than just the inside of the frige. The coils and condenser in the back of the frige would create more heat thus heating the room up.
The temperature of the room would stay the same - the key is the fact that it is in an isolated room. There is no heat exchange between the room and it's external surroundings.
The refrigerator will warm up the room. If you look on the back of the refrigerator, you will see metal grating. Touch it. Its warm! A refrigerator is transporting heat from the inside cavity to the outside. However, the power cord running from the wall is pumping energy into the refrigerator/room. Energy is powering the refrigerator. It is also running an irreversible process, the energy dissipates out as heat and work (mostly heat), making the net temperature of the room increase.
I propose the room remains constant - but for the following reason. The room is reported to be isolated. I denote that to be a cube with no walls, windows, doors, plumbing, OR conduit or an electrical box that would allow cable or air to move within or without the isolated cube. Logically, in that the fridge is not powered, it is not generating heat through the use of the motor, condenser or heat - exchange coils. Really, it doesn't matter what the answer is... you've just got to defend it logically. If the fridge were powered - but was an excessively large model (as you might find in a grocery store walk in) the room might cool. If it were a smaller unit - the motor would have to work overtime to try and keep it cool - thus heating the room. Just be creative! That's what they're looking for. Can you think on your feet.
The room's temperature will be exactly as the refrigerator's temperature. Heat will be absorbed by the grating metal on the back of the refrigerator, so no need to worry about where the heat that refrigerator produces go.
Majority of the answers here are wrong. A refrigerator is a heat pump that move thermal energy opposite to the direction of spontaneous heat flow by absorbing heat from a cold space and releasing it to a warmer one. There is some work required to move this thermal energy from Cold to Hot. If we assume that the amount of work used to move this energy is negligible, if you leave a refrigerator door open in an isolated room, the room temperature will stay the same. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_pump https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refrigerator
If its an isolated room the frig will not be able to be plugged in to an outlet. So remains the same
The room temperature will remain the same. The reason for this lies in its basic principle of vapor compression cycle. Its true that refrigerator transfers the heat from one place to another. But one has to remember that the door is open. So, As heat is extracted by refrigerant and thrown in room using condenser and since the room is isolated and refrigerator door is open.. the same heat will be added inside refrigerator and same refrigeration cycle continues after that. In a way refrigerator is not able to cool anything. it is just continuously maintaining energy equivalence.
In this case, there is a net gain of energy from the refrigerator outlet into the room and no loss of energy out of the room. Thus, the room will warm up since there is a gain of energy.
Part of the room's temperature would decrease slightly. The other part of the room's temperature will stay the same. Since the refrigerator's energy is not large enough to cool the whole room it will cool a small portion of the room.
the temperature inside the room will increase
The temperature and overall heat content of the room will increase. Yes, the fridge it providing cooling, but it is doing this by removing heat from part of the air and dumping it into other parts of the air, all while doing work which is harnessed from the power input (electricity) from the wall. In other words, the heat in the air is just displaced from one area of air to another, so no loss nor gain of net heat, HOWEVER the work used to do this creates additional heat. If you consider this from a total energy standpoint, all energy within the room is fixed, except there's energy being added through the power input, so there's an increase in energy with time. I'm shocked at some of the other answers here, I hope those saying the temperature remains the same do not have mechanical engineering degrees.
in a boat on a lake with a rock, throw the rock in the water which way does the water level move? here is a memory card- what is it made out of and how was it made?8 Answers
down (if density of rock > water), true for most rocks
Answer 0 = down ?? No. Up. The rock displaces water in the lake to move up.
Actually the water initially has a circular pattern of vertical waves since water in mostly incompressible ...
Archimedes Principal. Weight of rock is displacing water upwards when in the boat. When in the water it is displacing its volume. Water has to go down since the density of most rocks > water
Down. If rock is solid, which means the volume of the boat below the water level cannot be fully filled by the rock.
the water level goes down. Think about an extreme case. You have an small item made of the worlds most dense material in the hull of the boat. Even though the volume of the item is small the weight is very heavy. This pulls the boat down and since the volume that the boat displaces will be much higher then that of the small item, when the item is thrown over board, the boat lifts further out of the water displacing less water causing the level to decrease.
no change in water level. it will be the same as it was when the rock was on the boat.
Water level goes down, since boat gets lighter on removing any size of rock in turn making the boat go up and water level go down than initial measured level.
You put a glass of water on a record turntable and begin slowly increasing the speed. What happens first - does the glass slide off, tip over, or does the water splash out.5 Answers
Depends on several factors including where the glass is placed (the outer edge will experience stronger forces) and how much water is in the glass (I think).
Answer depends on: -height of water in the glass -friction between glass and table -how close to the center the glass is placed Knowing these factors, you could make a more educated guess.
I was asked this question in separate interviews by Apple, then later by Lab126 (Amazon). I got the answer correct, and they told me so. This question evaluates candidates intuitive sense (engineering judgment) about how things behave when subject to multiple forces, including visualizing free body diagrams and understanding how multiple forces can be resolved into resultant forces (and their angles) to predict how a body moves. The conceptual answer is: this problem can be understood by considering a sufficiently small fluid element at the surface of the water in the glass. That tiny sub-volume of water experiences two forces: 1) gravitational force pulling down on that small mass of water; 2) the force of centripetal acceleration acting upon that small mass of water. When viewed in the (rotating) reference frame of that tiny volume of water under study, the centripetal force is a side-acting force and the gravitational is downward acting. The surface of the water will change to a shape that is NORMAL to the resultant vector of those two forces. Holding rotational freq constant, the water angle will get steeper as its radial location on the record player increases, because the centripetal force is proportional to radius multiplied by the SQUARE of the angular frequency. It can be shown that the water will take on the shape of a sub-portion of the surface of a PARABOLA centered with its minima at the center axis of the record player. As the angular frequency increases, the glass will either slide, or it will tip over, and which of these depends on the aspect ratio of the glass (position of COG) and the friction between the glass and the record player. Some water could splash out prior to either of those events, if the glass was nearly filled with water before the water angle started to change when the turntable started spinning Downward acting gravitational force: F = m X g Side acting centripetal force: F= (omega^2) X r, where omega is angular freq in rad/s If THETA = the tangential angle of the water relative to the plane of the record player, then: TAN (Theta) = (omega^2) r / g Interviewers often give major credit if candidate can at least get CONCEPTUAL answer correct.
The above description is largely correct except this "It can be shown that the water will take on the shape of a sub-portion of the surface of a PARABOLA centered with its minima at the center axis of the record player." This is true only if the glass is placed at the center of the record player..in all other cases the shape will not be the same due to the effect of centripetal force acting on just direction (as opposed to uniform/all direction in the case of rotating glass at the center)
What's a record turntable?
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