United States Postal Service - North Reading, MA

United States Postal Service
External Publication for Job Posting 10363966

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.


Greater Boston

Job Posting Period

10/18/2019 - 10/22/2019

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



NORTH READING, MA 01889-7001


Position Information


FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt

Occupation Code: 5350-0001

Non-Scheduled Days: SAT / SUN

Hours: 10:00 P.M. - 6:30 A.M.

SALARY RANGE: $57,023 - $65,447 annual salary 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 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 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 -;;;; 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

Performs involved trouble-shooting and complex maintenance work throughout the system of mail processing equipment;

performs preventive maintenance inspections of mail processing equipment, building and building equipment.


1. Performs the more difficult testing, diagnosis, maintenance, adjustment and revision work, requiring a thorough knowledge

of the mechanical, electrical and electronic, pneumatic, or hydraulic control and operating mechanisms of the equipment. For

example, performs trouble shooting and repair of complex interlocking and supervisory group control panels, keying circuits,

memory storage circuits, readout and feedback circuits, and associated mechanical and electrical components throughout

the installation; locates and corrects malfunctions in scanning, triggering and other electromechnical and electronic circuits.

2. Observes the various components of the system in operation and applies appropriate testing methods and procedures to

insure continued proper functioning.

3. Locates the source of and rectifies trouble in involved or questionable cases, or in emergency situations where expert

attention is required to locate and correct the defect quickly to avoid or minimize interruptions to mail processing activities.

4. Installs or alters equipment and circuits as directed.

5. Reports the circumstances surrounding equipment failures, and recommends measures for their correction.

6. Performs preventive maintenance inspections for the purpose of discovering incipient mechanical malfunctions and for the

purpose of reviewing the standard of maintenance. Initiates work orders requesting corrective actions for below standard

conditions; assists in the estimating of time and materials required. Recommends changes in preventive maintenance

procedures and practices to provide the proper level of maintenance; assists in the revision of preventive maintenance

checklists and the frequency of performing preventive maintenance routes. In instances of serious equipment failures

conducts investigation to determine the cause of the breakdown and to recommend remedial action to prevent recurrence.

7. Uses necessary hand and power tools, gauging devices, and both electrical and electronic test equipment.

8. Reads schematics, blue prints, wiring diagrams and specifications in locating and correcting potential or existing

malfunctions and failures.

9. Observes established safety practices and requirements pertaining to the type of work involved; recommends additional

safety measures as required.

10. In addition, may oversee the work of lower level maintenance employees, advising and instructing them in proper work

methods, and checking for adherence to instructions; or make in process and final operational checks and tests of work

completed by lower level maintenance employees.


Supervisor or manager 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:


EQUIPMENT-LEVEL 9 DOCUMENT DATE: June 1, 2009 FUNCTION: Performs involved trouble-shooting and complex

maintenance work throughout the system of mail processing equipment; performs preventive maintenance inspections of

mail processing equipment, building, and building equipment. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: See the Standard Position

Description for the Occupation Code given above. REQUIREMENTS: 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.). 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. 7 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. 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. 18Ability 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 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. 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

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.