BARGAINING UNIT QUALIFICATION STANDARD
(0856-0011) ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN TRAINEE
As an Electronics Technician Trainee receives training on phases of
diagnostic, preventive maintenance, alignment and calibrations, and
overhaul tasks, on both hardware and software on a variety of mail
processing, customer service, and building equipment and systems.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
See the Standard Position Description for the Occupation Code given
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, and ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:
This section is composed of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
which are required to satisfactorily perform the tasks of the position.
(2) Knowledge of basic electricity refers to the theory, terminology,
usage, and characteristics of basic electrical principles such as Ohm's
Law, Kirchoff's Law, and magnetism, as they apply to such things as AC-
DC circuitry and hardware, relays, switches, and circuit breakers.
(3) Knowledge of basic electronics refers to the theory, terminology,
usage, and characteristics of basic electronic principles concerning
such things as solid state devices, vacuum tubes, coils, capacitors,
resistors, and basic logic circuitry.
(4) Knowledge of digital electronics refers to the terminology,
characteristics, symbology, and operation of digital components as used
in such things as logic gates, registers, adders, counters, memories,
encoders, and decoders.
(6) Knowledge of basic computer concepts refers to the terminology,
usage, and characteristics of digital memory storage/processing devices
such as core memory, input-output peripherals, and familiarity with
(19) Ability to perform basic mathematical computations refers to the
ability to perform basic calculations such as addition, subtraction,
multiplication, and division with whole numbers, fractions, and
(20) Ability to perform more complex mathematics refers to the ability
to perform calculations such as basic algebra, geometry, scientific
notation, and number conversions, as applied to mechanical, electrical,
and electronic applications.
(21) Ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical applications
refers to the ability to recall specific theoretical knowledge and apply
it to mechanical, electrical, electronic, or computerized maintenance
applications such as inspection, troubleshooting, equipment repair and
modification, preventive maintenance, and installation of electrical
(22) Ability to detect patterns refers to the ability to observe and
analyze qualitative and quantitative factors such as number
progressions, spatial relationships, and auditory and visual patterns.
This includes combining information and determining how a given set of
numbers, objects, or sounds are related to each other.
(23) Ability to use written reference materials refers to the ability
to locate, read, and comprehend text material such as handbooks,
manuals, bulletins, directives, checklists, and route sheets.
(24) Ability to communicate in writing refers to transmitting written
information (e.g., equipment status, recommended repairs) to
maintenance, operations, and other personnel.
(25) Ability to communicate orally refers to receiving/transmitting
oral information (such as equipment status, recommended repairs or
modifications, parts usage, and technical procedures) to/from
maintenance, operations, and other personnel.
(26) Ability to follow instructions refers to the ability to comprehend
and execute written and oral instructions such as work orders,
checklists, route sheets, and verbal directions and instructions.
(27) Ability to work under pressure refers to safely and effectively
performing the duties of the position under stress or in emergency
(28) Ability to work with others refers to the ability to work safely
and efficiently in cooperation with fellow employees to perform the
duties of the position.
(29) Ability to work without (immediate) supervision refers to the
ability to perform safely and efficiently the duties of the position
such as planning and executing work activities without direct
(30) Ability to work from heights refers to the ability to perform
safely and efficiently the duties of the position above floor level such
as from ladders, catwalks, walkways, scaffolds, vert-a-lifts, and
(32) Ability to use portable power tools refers to the knowledge of,
and proficiency with, various power tools. This ability involves the
safe and efficient use and maintenance of power tools such as drills,
saws, sanders, and grinders.
(35) Ability to use technical drawings refers to the ability to read
and comprehend technical materials such as diagrams, schematics,
flowcharts, and blueprints.
Individuals who qualify and are selected under this standard will be
required to complete prescribed training satisfactorily within a
specific period of time to demonstrate, through testing and/or practical
demonstration, possession of each of the knowledge, skills and abilities
covered at the level required for the job. Failure to demonstrate any
KSA is disqualifying. The following KSAs are covered by this prescribed
(1) Knowledge of basic mechanics refers to the theory of operation,
terminology, usage, and characteristics of basic mechanical principles
as they apply to such things as gears, pulleys, cams, pawls, power
transmissions, linkages, fasteners, chains, sprockets, and belts; and
including hoisting, rigging, roping, pneumatic and hydraulic devices.
(5) Knowledge of safety procedures and equipment refers to the
knowledge of industrial hazards (e.g., mechanical, chemical, electrical,
electronic), and procedures and techniques established to avoid injuries
to self and others such as lockout devices, protective clothing, and
waste disposal techniques.
(31) Ability to use hand tools refers to the knowledge of, and
proficiency with, various hand tools. This ability involves the safe and
efficient use and maintenance of such tools as screwdrivers, wrenches,
hammers, pliers, chisels, punches, taps, dies, rules, gauges, and
(36) Ability to use test equipment refers to the knowledge of, and
proficiency with, various types of mechanical, electrical, and
electronic test equipment such as VOMs, oscilloscopes, circuit tracers,
amprobes, and RPM meters.
(37) Ability to solder refers to the knowledge of, and the ability to
safely and effectively apply, the appropriate soldering techniques.
Individual must be physically able to perform efficiently the duties of
(A) Applicants who qualify under this standard will be required to
satisfactorily complete a prescribed training course(s) and the
appropriate written examination prior to assignment, reassignment, or
(B) Applicants must be able to operate powered industrial equipment.
(C) For positions requiring driving, applicants must have a valid state
driver's license, and demonstrate and maintain a safe driving record.
Applicants must pass the Postal Service road test to show the ability to
safely drive a vehicle of the type use on the job. Employees may be
required to drive motor vehicles in all kinds of traffic and road
The knowledge and ability contained in this section are not actual
requirements and are not to be used as the basis for disqualification.
These are desirable factors which would enhance the applicant's ability
to perform the duties of the position and may be used in evaluating the
quality and extent of the applicant's total background.
(7) Knowledge of mail processing equipment operation refers to the
knowledge of machine operation such as safety considerations, start up,
shut down, and operating characteristics of mail processing equipment
such as conveyors, letter sorters, and cancellers.
(34) Ability to use information retrieval systems refers to the
operation of computer terminals or other peripherals as control,
information monitoring, or diagnostic devices for obtaining reports or