BARGAINING UNIT QUALIFICATION STANDARD
July 14, 2013
Machines parts used in the repair and overhaul of various types of post
office equipment; dismantles, repairs, assembles, and installs equipment
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.
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
7 Knowledge of cleaning and lubrication materials and procedures
including storage, preparation and disposal and proper Personal
Protective Equipment; this includes knowledge related to:
Lubrication materials--such as oils, greases, etc., (B) Lubrication
procedures--as in application techniques, storage, disposal, etc., This
also includes knowledge related to:
(A) Cleaning materials - such as
alcohols, solvents, detergents, degreasers and (B) Cleaning procedures -
as in hand methods, machine methods (compressed air, vacuum cleaners).
8 Knowledge of the techniques related to one or more skilled trades
including metalwork, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, painting, or welding.
This may include, as required for a particular job, knowledge of:
Machine maintenance applications - such as heat treating,
tempering, machining, bending, etc.; (B) CARPENTRY:
and projects--as in constructing, framing, repairing, finishing, etc.;
Materials--such as mortar, concrete, stucco, plaster,
brick, etc. and techniques and procedures--as in construction and repair
projects; (D) PLUMBING:
Installation - as in pipes, tubing, and float
valves. etc., Repairs - as in flush and float valves, etc. and Cleaning
- as in drains; (E) PAINTING:
Materials - such as enamels, varnishes,
plastics, stains, sealants, decals, etc., Procedures - as in surface
preparation, application techniques, etc. and equipment; (F) WELDING:
Appropriate gas and electric cutting, welding, and brazing techniques
and procedures used in equipment and machine maintenance applications;
or (G) ELECTRICAL:
installation and maintenance of electrical components
such as circuits, relays, switch, breakers. This may require soldering.
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.
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 performing
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
complete forms or provide routine and technical information (e.g., in
business letters, reports, e-mails, memos and technical
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 equipment (such as VOMs, oscilloscopes, amprobes) to perform
maintenance work; this includes various types of maintenance equipment
and may include monitoring the operation of a system or machine or the
use of data networking test equipment.
Applicants must successfully complete Postal Service Test 955, for the
Building/All Other 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.