BARGAINING UNIT QUALIFICATION STANDARD
(5823-0001) AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN
March 1, 2005
Performs routine and complex repairs and maintenance on all types of
motor vehicles used in the postal fleet; troubleshoots and diagnoses
more complex vehicle malfunctions using a variety of computerized test
equipment; may provide assistance to lower level employees.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
See the Standard Position Descriptions for the Occupation Codes given
This section is composed of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities which
are required to satisfactorily perform the tasks of the position.
Knowledge of electrical/ignition systems refers to the terminology
characteristics, and operation of such components as alternators,
batteries, voltage regulators, starter motors, ignition and lighting
systems, indicating devices, electronic computer enhanced components,
sensors, and starting aids.
Knowledge of automotive fuel systems refers to the terminology,
characteristics, and operation of fuel delivery systems, and related
assemblies, such as fuel pumps, turbochargers, superchargers, inter-
coolers, fuel injectors, and the interface of the fuel system with
Knowledge of automotive emission control systems refers to the
terminology characteristics, and operation of emission control systems
as they relate to overall engine operation and performance
specifications and conformance to environmental quality regulations.
Knowledge of engine systems refers to the terminology, characteristics,
and operation of engine valves, piston assemblies, engine bearings,
cylinders, cylinder heads, cylinder blocks, crankshaft assemblies,
compression ignition, and cooling system.
Knowledge of automotive power train systems refers to the terminology,
characteristics, and operation of such components as clutches, universal
joints, manual and computer enhanced automatic transmission systems,
differentials, and drive axles.
Knowledge of automotive suspension systems refers to the terminology,
characteristics, and operation of standard and computerized/air-
controlled suspension, and standard and power assisted steering, as well
as wheel alignment systems and steering geometry.
Knowledge of automotive braking systems refers to the terminology,
characteristics, and operation of air and hydraulically actuated braking
components such as cylinders, valves, linkage, calipers, sensors and
control modules and anti-lock brake systems.
Ability to use technical reference materials and technical manuals
refers to reading, comprehending, and interpreting technical
information, such as illustrated parts breakdown, checklists, flow
charts, electronic media, and schematics.
Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose malfunctions in automotive
components or systems refers to a proficiency in observing, testing,
analyzing, and isolating sources of trouble in automotive systems or
their components, such as electrical/electronic systems, engine, power
train, fuel delivery, and suspension and braking systems through the use
of appropriate automotive test equipment.
Ability to use automotive test equipment refers to the knowledge of, and
proficiency with, various types of electrical/electronic diagnostic test
equipment, such as voltage/amperage testers (VAT), multimeters (VOM),
test lights, scanners, gas analyzers, etc.
Ability to use mechanical test equipment and hand tools refers to the
knowledge of, and proficiency with, various types of mechanical
diagnostic test equipment and hand tools, such as micrometers, calipers,
pressure gauges, etc.
Ability to make minor repairs to automotive components or systems refers
to a proficiency in replacing parts or making adjustments to automotive
systems or their components, such as electrical/ignition, emissions,
fuel delivery, engine, suspensions, power train, braking systems,
intake, exhaust, and starting aids.
Ability to make major repairs to automotive components or systems refers
to a proficiency in overhauling or rebuilding automotive systems or
their components, such as power train, engine, fuel delivery,
suspension, and braking systems.
Applicants must successfully complete Postal Service Test 943, Test 944,
and Test 941 to demonstrate their knowledge and ability to troubleshoot,
diagnose, and make minor and major repairs to automotive systems.
Applicants must be physically able to efficiently perform the duties of
Applicants who qualify under this standard may be required to
satisfactorily complete a prescribed training course(s) prior to
reassignment or promotion.
At the time of appointment, applicants must have a valid driver's
license from the state in which they live. Applicants must also
demonstrate and maintain a safe driving record. Applicants selected
under this qualification standard must successfully complete the
required Vehicle Familiarization and Safe Operation training, including
demonstration of the ability to safely drive a vehicle of the type used
on the job.