BARGAINING UNIT QUALIFICATION STANDARD
(2315-21XX) FLAT SORTING MACHINE OPERATOR
MARCH 9, 2010
Operates a single- or multi-position electro-mechanical operator-paced
flat sorting machine in the distribution of flats. Must demonstrate the
knowledge and application of approved machine schemes. Distribution
must be other than directs, alphabetical, and geographical groupings
which requires a minimum of 100 scheme or memory items. Must
demonstrate operation of the machine at 45 items per minute, with an
accuracy rate of 98 percent.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
See the Standard Position Description for the Occupation Code given
This section is composed of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
which are required to satisfactorily perform the tasks of the position.
Applicants 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.
Applicants demonstrate these levels by describing examples of
experience, education, or training, any of which may be non-postal.
Ratings are based on the demonstration of the level of possession of
each of the KSAs. Failure to demonstrate any KSA is disqualifying.
1. Ability to work without immediate supervision refers to the
safe and efficient performance of duties of the position, such
as planning and executing work activities, without direct
2. Ability to work with others refers to working in cooperation with
fellow employees to efficiently perform the duties of the position.
3. Ability to observe and act on visual information such as names,
addresses, numbers, and shapes.
4. Ability to learn and recall pairings of addresses with numbers,
letters, or positions.
5. Ability to sequence refers to placing mail (parcels, sacks,
pouches) in the proper numerical, alphabetical, or geographic
order, including by ZIP Code or directs.
6. Ability to perform routine troubleshooting, such as removing
Applicants must successfully complete Postal Service Test 473, which
includes the following measures of job-related knowledge, skills, and
A. Address Checking
B. Forms Completion
C. Coding & Memory
D. Personal Characteristics and Experience Inventory
If not previously qualified, the employee must complete the appropriate
training program for the flat sorter machine operation. The employees
must demonstrate the ability to key at 45 items per minute with 98
percent accuracy. In addition, the employees must satisfactorily
complete the appropriate scheme training programs requiring a minimum of
100 scheme or memory items.
Applicants must be physically able to perform efficiently the duties of
the position. Applicants must have vision of 20/40 (Snellen) in one
eye, near acuity of 7 or higher either eye (Titmus or Bausch and Lomb),
and the ability to read without strain printed material the size of
typewritten characters. Corrective lenses are permitted. Ability to
distinguish basic colors and shades is desirable.
Flat Sorting Machine Operators must work their assigned tour and days of
work often within an industrial plant environment. Flat Sorting Machine
Operators must follow Postal Service policies and procedures for
personal conduct at work, including adhering to rules and regulations.