Full Job Description
United States Postal Service
External Publication for Job Posting 10684313
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.
New York Metro Processing Ops Division
Job Posting Period
09/20/2021 - 09/25/2021
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.
1200 HARRISON AVE
KEARNY, NJ 07032-5931
CONTACT INFORMATION: Elaine Kennedy | firstname.lastname@example.org | (732) 819-3639
Title: MAINTENANCE MECHANIC
FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
Occupation Code: 4749-03XX
Non-Scheduled Days: SAT/SUN
Hours: 03:00 P.M. - 11:30 P.M.
SALARY RANGE: Starting annual salary $48,617 paid bi-weekly
FINANCE NUMBER: 335978
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 ten 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; @jobtryout.net;
@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.
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.
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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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:
1. BARGAINING UNIT QUALIFICATION STANDARD 4749J (4749-03XX) MAINTENANCE MECHANIC
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.