United States Postal Service


Carol Stream, IL

Job Description


Posted: Tuesday, 10/17/2023

United States Postal Service
External Publication for Job Posting 11524330

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.


Westshores Processing Ops Division

Job Posting Period

10/14/2023 - 10/20/2023

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



CAROL STREAM, IL 60199-9997

CONTACT INFORMATION: [email protected]

Position Information


FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt

Occupation Code: 4749-03XX

Non-Scheduled Days: SATURDAY, FRIDAY

Hours: 2200 - 0630

SALARY RANGE: Starting annual salary $54,862 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 semiskilled preventive, corrective and predictive maintenance tasks associated with the upkeep and

operation of various types of mail processing, buildings and building equipment, customer service and delivery equipment.


1. Independently performs preventive maintenance and minor repairs on plumbing, heating, refrigeration, air-conditioning

low-voltage electrical systems, and other building systems and equipment.

2. Performs preventive maintenance and routine repairs on simple control circuitry, bearings, chains, sprockets, motors,

belts and belting, and other moving parts or wearing surfaces of equipment.

3. Assembles, installs, replaces, repairs, modifies and adjusts all types of small operating equipment such as letter boxes

mechanical scales, stamp vending equipment, building service equipment, mailhandling equipment and related equipment.

4. Under the direction of skilled maintenance employees, or clearly written instructions from either hard copy or electronic

format, performs specific tasks related to disassembling equipment, replacing parts, relocating and reassembling equipment;

assists higher level workers in locating and repairing equipment malfunctions.

5. Maintains an awareness of equipment operation, especially excessive heat, vibration, and noise, reporting malfunctions

hazards or wear to supervisor.

6. Uses a variety of hand and power tools, gauging devices and test equipment required, or as directed, to perform the

above tasks.

7. May drive a vehicle to transport tools, equipment, employees materials or in the normal performance of assigned duties.

8. Completes or initiates work record sheets, as required. Takes readings from meters, gauges, counters and other

monitoring and measuring devices. Maintains logs and other required records; reports on breakdowns and equipment being


9. Follows established safety practices and requirements while performing all duties.

10. May serve as a working leader over a group of lower level employees assigned to a specific task.

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

FUNCTION: Independently performs semiskilled preventive, corrective, and predictive maintenance tasks associated with the

upkeep and operation of various types of mail processing, buildings, and building equipment, customer service and delivery


DESCRIPTION OF WORK: See the Standard Position Descriptions for the Occupation Code given above.


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- 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.). 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.

Knowledge of cleaning and lubrication materials and procedures including storage, preparation and disposal and proper

Personal Protective Equipment; this includes knowledge related to: (A) 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). 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. 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. 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

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. 32 Knowledge and ability to use

test equipment, gauges or tools to take measurements to perform maintenance work.

EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must successfully complete Postal Service Test 955, for the Maintenance

Mechanic job group, which measures maintenance knowledge, skills and abilities.

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

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 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.

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: (A) Applicants must be able to qualify 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

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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