BARGAINING UNIT QUALIFICATION STANDARD
(0856-0020) ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN
July 14, 2013
Carries out all phases of maintenance, troubleshooting, and testing of
electronic circuitry used in equipment and systems requiring knowledge
of solid state electronics. Instructs and provides technical support on
complex systems and on combinational (hardware/software) or intermittent
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, Abilities (KSAs) that are
required to satisfactorily perform the tasks of the position.
Individuals must demonstrate that they possess a sufficient level of
each KSA, to include at least minimum competency for senior-qualified
positions to enable them to perform these tasks satisfactorily.
Successful completion of the applicable testing and interview procedure
(s) is sufficient to demonstrate the KSAs listed below. In certain
circumstances, applicants may demonstrate these levels by describing
examples of experience, education, or training, any of which may be non-
1 Ability to demonstrate mechanical comprehension to learn and
apply mechanical principles, including a working knowledge of basic
mechanical operations (such as levers and pulleys) and the application
of physical laws (such as force and gravity). This includes knowledge
in the following areas:
(A) Power transmission--such as gears,
sprockets and chains, belts and pulleys; (B) Power translation--such as
cams and cam followers, linkages, springs; (C) Friction reduction'such
as bushings, bearings; (D) Fasteners--such as screws, nuts and bolts,
pins, rings, clips, couplings.
2 Knowledge of basic electricity principles; this includes
knowledge of Ohm's law, Kirchoff's law, AC-DC circuitry, relays,
switches, and circuit breakers. Knowledge of the National Electrical
Code may be required for employees in a skilled position. This also
includes knowledge of techniques and procedures as used in electrical
installations and maintenance (circuit protection, wiring, conduits,
3 Knowledge of electronic principles; this includes knowledge of
(A) basic logic gates, symbology, resistors, memory, encoders, decoders,
etc.; (B) Hardware/components - such as solid state devices (diodes,
transistors, etc.), coils, capacitors, etc.; (C) Digital circuit
components - as in registers, adders, counters, memories, flip-flops,
encoders, decoders, etc.; and D) AC and DC circuitry - as in circuit
analysis, schematic interpretation, etc.
4 Knowledge of and ability to follow safety and security procedures
for performing maintenance work This includes knowledge of industrial
hazards (e.g., mechanical, chemical, electrical, electronic) and
procedures and techniques established to avoid injuries to self and
others such as lock out devices, protective clothing, and waste disposal
5 Knowledge of current computer technology to understand how
technology may be applied to solve a problem or improve system design;
this includes knowledge of hardware, software and networking
technology/systems and integrated computer systems. This includes
knowledge related to:
(A) the Operation of computer terminals or other
peripherals to enter, operate, and exit programs; to use the systems
programs and (B) Retrieving and interpreting reports for diagnostic and
12 Ability to perform mathematical calculations such as addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division correctly; to solve practical
problems by selecting from a variety of mathematical techniques such as
formulas and percentages.
13 Ability to remember material learned earlier refers to the
ability to recall specific information and/or theoretical knowledge and
apply it to mechanical, electrical, or electronic maintenance work such
as inspection, troubleshooting, equipment repair and modification,
preventive maintenance, and installation of electrical equipment.
14 Ability to troubleshoot problems to analyze the root cause of a
specific error and decide what action to take to prevent recurrence; to
back track from a specific problem to identify the source of the error.
15 Ability to think logically and critically; to understand the
relevance of information; to identify relationships between information
16 Ability to think of possible causes for problems and find
solutions; to choose the best course of action; to make a decision
without delay when the opportunity arises or when all desired
information is not available.
17 Ability to learn and comprehend new or unfamiliar material; to
use multiple approaches to grasp or learn the implication of new
information; to quickly incorporate information and ideas.
18 Ability to comprehend spatial relations as required to perform
maintenance work; to form three-dimensional mental pictures of objects;
to know what an object would look like when viewed from a different
angle; to determine if something will fit in a specified area. This may
include the ability to use technical drawings (e.g. diagrams, blueprints
19 Ability to read and comprehend job related written materials;
this also includes the ability to locate, read, and comprehend text
material such as handbooks, manuals, bulletins, directives, checklists,
and route sheets.
20 Ability to communicate work related information in writing to
maintenance, operations and other personnel to complete forms or provide
routine and technical information (e.g., in work logs, e-mails, memos
and technical reports/documents).
21 Ability to follow oral and written directions, instructions,
rules, policies and/or procedures correctly and in order.
22 Ability to speak to others in a clear, concise, and organized
manner to convey information effectively; to respond to questions
appropriately; to listen to what other people are saying and ask
questions to ensure understanding 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.
23 Ability to adjust to new conditions, situations or technology; to
move easily from one topic to another; to accept change; to be flexible
with regard to viewpoint.
24 Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships;
to work with teams; to help others; to accept suggestions; to treat
others with dignity and respect.
25 Ability to demonstrate organizational commitment to the public
service goals and mission of the Postal Service.
26 Ability to be conscientious to carry out job tasks; to be
responsible and dependable; to take care in performing routine and novel
tasks; to track details; to check that all work is accurate and
complete; to record information accurately
27 Ability to work independently; to remain focused to produce
quality work under time pressure or other stressors.
28 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
29 Knowledge and ability to use various hand or portable power tools
in performing mechanical, electrical, electronic or other maintenance
work; this may include the use of shop power equipment. This ability
includes the safe and efficient use and maintenance of such tools as
screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, pliers, chisels, punches, taps, dies,
rules, gauges, and alignment tools; refers to the knowledge of, and
proficiency with, various power tools; the ability also involves the
safe and efficient use and maintenance of power tools such as drills,
saws, sanders, and grinders; refers to the knowledge of, and proficiency
with, shop machines such as bench grinders, drill presses, and
30 Knowledge and ability to use test equipment, gauges or tools to
take measurements and/or to take measurements with electrical or
electronic test equipment (such as VOMs, oscilloscopes, amprobes) to
perform maintenance work; this includes various types of maintenance
equipment and may monitoring the operation of a system or machine or use
of data networking test equipment.
31 Knowledge and ability to use appropriate soldering techniques.
Applicants must successfully complete Postal Service Test 955, for the
Electronics Technician job group, which measures maintenance knowledge,
skills and abilities.
In addition, applicants must successfully complete a structured
Applicants must be able to perform the physical requirements of the
position with or without reasonable accommodation which may require
arduous exertion involved prolonged standing, walking, bending and
reaching, and may involve handling heavy objects, e.g., tools and
equipment up to the allowable weight.
Applicants who qualify under this standard may be required to
satisfactorily complete a prescribed training course(s) prior to
assignment, reassignment or promotion.
(A) Applicants must be able to operate powered industrial equipment.
(B) For positions requiring driving, applicants must have a valid state
driver's license, and demonstrate and maintain a safe driving record.