United States Postal Service


Capitol Heights, MD

Job Description


Posted: Sunday, 9/17/2023

United States Postal Service
External Publication for Job Posting 11487786

If this job requires qualification on an examination, the number of applicants who will be invited to take or retake the

examination may be limited.


Chesapeake Processing Ops Division

Job Posting Period

09/16/2023 - 09/22/2023

This job has an exam requirement. Currently, applicants for this posting who do not yet have an exam score are being

invited to take the exam. Examining will continue until capacity has been reached.

Job Title


Facility Location




CONTACT INFORMATION: Local Services Maryland District | [email protected]

Position Information


FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt

Occupation Code: 0856-0020

Non-Scheduled Days: Sunday, Monday

Hours: 2300 - 0730

SALARY RANGE: Starting annual salary $72,582 paid bi-weekly


BENEFIT INFORMATION: This is a career position which offers excellent benefits. Newly hired employees are covered by

the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Upon hire, employees are eligible to contribute into the Thrift Savings

Plan (TSP) which is similar to 401(k) plans. We also offer the option to enroll into the Federal Employees Health Benefits

(FEHB) program as well as the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI). Dental, Vision and Long-Term Care

Insurance Programs as well as Flexible Spending Accounts to cover eligible out-of-pocket health care and dependent care

(day care) expenses are also available. We offer eleven paid federal holidays as well as accrued vacation and sick leave.

Persons Eligible to Apply

All U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent resident aliens, citizens of American Samoa or other territory owing permanent allegiance

to the United States. Applicants entitled to veterans’ preference and/or covered by the Veterans Employment Opportunity
Act may apply for any posted position. Applicants must apply online at www.usps.com/careers to be considered for this

employment opportunity. You must have a valid email address to apply as communication regarding employment

opportunities, examinations (when applicable), and background checks will be sent by email. Please add the following email

domain addresses to your contact list to allow all correspondence to be received - @usps.gov; @psionline.com;

@geninfo.com; @uspis.gov. EXAM: If an exam is required and you are invited to take the test, instructions regarding the

exam process will be sent to you via email. Please ensure you can receive email messages from our test vendor and follow

instructions carefully so you can be considered for this employment opportunity. SCREENINGS: You may receive multiple

requests for background checks in regards to this employment opportunity. Respond to all requests quickly as we anticipate

filling our vacancies quickly and nonresponses may result in disqualification for this opportunity.

Background Check

The Inspection Service criminal background check is conducted using United States information resources only (e.g., FBI
fingerprint check, state and county checks). A criminal background check involves a 5-year inquiry for any location where
the individual has resided, worked or gone to school within the United States or its territories. As a result of this limitation,
the criminal background checks of individuals who have not resided in the United States or its territories for the preceding
5-years may not be considered complete. The Inspection Service may be able to process inquiries for U.S. Citizens only,
but only if their time spent out of the country was spent as: a trailing spouse or dependent of someone working for the U.S.
government (military or civilian), a missionary, a student attending school in a foreign country, a Peace Corps participant, or
as an employee of a U.S.-based employer/company. If the Inspection Service is unable to perform a complete background
check because of residency outside the United States, such individuals will be ineligible for Postal employment.

Functional Purpose

Independently performs the full range of diagnostic, preventive maintenance, alignment and calibration, and overhaul tasks,

on both hardware and software on a variety of mail processing, customer service, and building equipment and systems,

applying advanced technical knowledge to solve complex problems.


1. Performs complex testing, diagnosis, maintenance, alignments and calibration, overhaul, and revision, of electronically

operated or controlled equipment or systems; may be required to perform maintenance of associated electromechanical

equipment and systems.

2. Observes the operation of systems and equipment, and applies various testing and diagnostic methods and procedures to

locate and correct malfunctions and/or failures and ensures maximum system performance.

3. Performs equipment inspections to assess the quality of service or maintenance received, and to discover incipient

malfunctions; initiates work orders requesting corrective actions for equipment not meeting maintenance or operating

standards; estimates time and materials necessary to make corrections and conducts investigations of frequent or serious

equipment failures to determine the cause of the breakdown and to recommend remedial maintenance action.

4. Recommends changes to servicing and preventive maintenance activities; assists in the revision of preventive

maintenance and operator checklists, and their frequency to sustain the proper degree of maintenance.

5. Performs analyses of equipment failures; reviews operational reports, audits, and other information, to determine where

operational enhancement can be made to prevent equipment or systems deterioration.

6. Participates in the installation, removal, modification, assembly, and/or disassembly of systems and equipment.

7. Participates in classroom, on-the-job, and correspondence training programs; attends courses at postal facilities, trade

schools, and manufacturers sites; assists in developing and implementing training programs; provides on-the-job training to

other lower level maintenance employees.

8. Provides technical support to other employees in the facility or in installations within the area served; performs in-process

and final operational checks and tests work completed by other employees; may work without direct supervision.

9. May drive a vehicle or use other appropriate modes of transportation in the course of assigned duties.

10. Follows established safety practices and requirements while performing all duties; reads and adheres to instructions

listed in applicable maintenance directives; maintains a library of maintenance directives.

11. Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisor of unit to which assigned.

The United States Postal Service has the following excellent and challenging employment opportunity for highly motivated
and innovative individuals. Successful candidates must demonstrate through a combination of education, training, and
experience the following requirements:


DOCUMENT DATE: July 14, 2013


Carries out all phases of maintenance, troubleshooting, and testing of electronic circuitry used in equipment and systems

requiring knowledge of solid state electronics. Instructs and provides technical support on complex systems and on

combinational (hardware/software) or intermittent problems.


See the Standard Position Description for the Occupation Code given above.



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- postal.

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. 2 Knowledge of basic electricity

principles; this includes knowledge of Ohm's law, Kirchoff's law, AC-DC circuitry, relays, switches, and circuit breakers.

Knowledge of the National Electrical Code may be required for employees in a skilled position. This also includes knowledge

of techniques and procedures as used in electrical installations and maintenance (circuit protection, wiring, conduits, etc.). 3

Knowledge of electronic principles; this includes knowledge of (A) basic logic gates, symbology, resistors, memory, encoders,

decoders, etc.; (B) Hardware/components - such as solid state devices (diodes, transistors, etc.), coils, capacitors, etc.; (C)

Digital circuit components - as in registers, adders, counters, memories, flip-flops, encoders, decoders, etc.; and D) AC and

DC circuitry - as in circuit analysis, schematic interpretation, etc. 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 techniques. 5 Knowledge of current computer technology to understand how

technology may be applied to solve a problem or improve system design; this includes knowledge of hardware, software and

networking technology/systems and integrated computer systems. This includes knowledge related to: (A) the Operation of

computer terminals or other peripherals to enter, operate, and exit programs; to use the systems programs and (B) Retrieving

and interpreting reports for diagnostic and information purposes. 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. 13 Ability to remember material learned earlier refers to the

ability to recall specific information and/or theoretical knowledge and apply it to mechanical, electrical, or electronic

maintenance work such as inspection, troubleshooting, equipment repair and modification, preventive maintenance, and

installation of electrical equipment. 14 Ability to troubleshoot problems to analyze the root cause of a specific error and

decide what action to take to prevent recurrence; to back track from a specific problem to identify the source of the error. 15

Ability to think logically and critically; to understand the relevance of information; to identify relationships between information

and data. 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 to perform 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 and schematics). 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 maintenance, operations and other personnel to

complete forms or provide routine and technical information (e.g., in work logs, e-mails, memos and technical

reports/documents). 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 platforms. 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 table/band saws. 30 Knowledge and ability to use

test equipment, gauges or tools to take measurements and/or to take measurements with electrical or electronic test

equipment (such as VOMs, oscilloscopes, amprobes) to perform maintenance work; this includes various types of

maintenance equipment and may monitoring the operation of a system or machine or use of data networking test equipment.

31 Knowledge and ability to use appropriate soldering techniques.


Applicants must successfully complete Postal Service Test 955, for the Electronics Technician job group, which measures

maintenance knowledge, skills and abilities.

In addition, applicants must successfully complete a structured interview evaluation.


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.


(A) Applicants must be able to operate powered industrial equipment.

(B) For positions requiring driving, applicants must have a valid state driver's license, and demonstrate and maintain a safe

driving record.

Qualified applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening to meet the U.S. Postal Service's requirement
to be drug free. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status.


Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Central Time, of the posting's closing date. Applicants claiming veterans'
preference must attach a copy of member copy 4 (only) of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form
214) or other proof of eligibility if claiming 10-point veterans' preference. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an
equal opportunity employer. The USPS provides reasonable accommodation for any part of the application, interview, and/or
selection process, please make your request to the examiner, selecting official or local manager of Human Resources. This
request can also be made by someone on your behalf. Explain the nature of your limitations and the accommodation
needed. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

SPECIAL NOTE: Current career Postal Service employees are ineligible to apply to this posting.

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