BARGAINING UNIT QUALIFICATION STANDARD
(5823-03XX) AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC
November 30, 1987
Repairs mail trucks, including the removal and installation of complete
motors, clutches, transmissions, and other major component parts.
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.
Knowledge of automotive electrical/ignition systems refers to the
terminology, characteristics, and operation of such components as
alternators, batteries, voltage regulators, starting motors, ignition
and lighting systems, and indicating devices.
Knowledge of automotive operating and fuel systems refers to the
terminology, and characteristics of engine operations (tune-up), and
operation of components such as carburetors, fuel pumps, and emission
Knowledge of an automotive engine system refers to the terminology,
characteristics, and operation of such components as engine valves,
piston assemblies, engine bearings, cylinders, cylinder blocks, and
Knowledge of automotive power train systems refers to the terminology,
characteristics, and operation of such components as clutches, universal
joints, manual and automatic transmissions, and rear axles.
Knowledge of automotive independent systems refers to the terminology,
characteristics, and operation of such components as front-wheel and
rear-wheel suspension systems, steering systems, and brake systems.
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/ignition, engine, power train,
operating and fuel, and independent systems.
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, operating and
fuel, and engine systems.
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, and independent systems.
Applicants must demonstrate their knowledge of the following automotive
electrical/ignition, operating and fuel, engine, power train,
and independent systems. This must be demonstrated by successful
completion of Postal Service Test 940.
In addition, applicants must demonstrate their ability to troubleshoot,
diagnose and make minor and major repairs to the following automotive
electrical/ignition, operating and fuel, engine, power, and
independent systems. This must be demonstrated by successful completion
of Postal Service Test 941.
Applicants must be physically able to perform efficiently the duties of
the position which may require the following:
bending, reaching, and stooping for prolonged periods of time; and
intermittent lifting and carrying of heavy tools, tool boxes, and
equipment on level surfaces. Applicants must have vision of 20/40
(Snellen) in one eye and the ability to read without strain printed
material the size of typewritten characters. Corrective lenses are
permitted. The ability to distinguish basic colors is required.
Applicants will be required to hear the conversational voice in a noisy
environment and to identify environmental sounds, such as equipment
running or unusual noises. Hearing aids are permitted.
Applicants who qualify under this standard may be required to
satisfactorily complete a prescribed training course(s) prior to
assignment, reassignment, or promotion.
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 used
on the job.