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AUTOMOTIVE MECH
OCCUPATION CODE: 5823-03XX
JOB LEVEL: P7-07
BARGAINING UNIT QUALIFICATION STANDARD
5823
(5823-03XX) AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC



DOCUMENT DATE:
November 30, 1987

FUNCTION:
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 above.

REQUIREMENTS:
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 control systems. 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 cooling systems. 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.

EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must demonstrate their knowledge of the following automotive

systems:
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

systems:
electrical/ignition, operating and fuel, engine, power, and independent systems. This must be demonstrated by successful completion of Postal Service Test 941.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must be physically able to perform efficiently the duties of

the position which may require the following:
standing, walking, 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.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants who qualify under this standard may be required to satisfactorily complete a prescribed training course(s) prior to assignment, reassignment, or promotion.

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS:
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.

  Occ Code: 5823-03XX

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