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Post Office Job Qualfications | Age
Limit, Citizenship, Exams, Physicals, and Driver's license
Various Post Office job qualification
standards from age restrictions to physical requirements must be met
before you can take one of the Postal Service exams. Applicants must
of of a certain age and they have to pass a wrtten exams for most
occupations, meet phsysical requriements, have a driver's license,
and all applicants must pass a drug test. When you first apply all
of the requirements for the positons will be posted with the job
announcement and the Posal Service will coordinate and schedule the
requried testing as necessary.
All Post Offfice job applicants must be at least eighteen to apply. Certain
conditions allow applicants as young as sixteen to apply. Carrier positions,
requiring driving, are limited to age 18 or older. High school graduates or
individuals who terminated high school education for sufficient reason are
permitted to apply at age 16.
Clerks, carriers, rural carriers and other mail-handling job applicants
must pass an Post Office exam. Specialties
such as mechanic, electronic technician, machinist, and trades must also
pass a written test. The overall rating is based on the test results and
your qualifying work experience and education. Professionals and certain
administrative positions don’t require an entrance exam or written test.
They are rated and hired strictly on their prior work experience and
education. The clerk and carrier exam are the 473 and 473 C and 473 E
Battery Exams. The only difference among the three is the occupational title
and the methods of taking the exams. The 473 Major Entry Level Jobs Exam
covers the following positions:
✔ City Carrier
✔ Rural Carrier
✔ Mail Processing Clerk
✔ Sales, Service, and Distribution Associate
✔ Mail Handler
This Postal exam, also referred to as the 473 Battery Examination, covers
the vast majority of entry-level hiring. Custodial positions are reserved
for veteran pre-ference eligibles by federal law. The USPS also requires
motor vehicle and tractor trailer operators, and highly skilled maintenance
positions such as Building Equipment Mechanic, Engineman, Electronics
Technician, and General Mechanic to successfully pass an entrance exam. All
of the skilled maintenance positions require examination 931. A separate
announcement, examination 932, is required for Electronics Technician
positions. A list of exams is included on page 23, and Chapter Four provides
sample tests for major occupations.
Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens. If you have permanent alien
resident status in the United States of America or owe allegiance to the
United States of America you can apply for Postal Service jobs.
Physical requirements are determined by the job. Carriers must be able to
lift a 70-pound mail sack and all applicants must be able to efficiently
perform assigned duties. Eyesight and hearing tests are required. Applicants
must have at least 20/40 vision in the good eye and no worse than 20/100 in
the other eye. Eyeglasses are permitted.
State Driver’s License
Applicants must have a valid state driver’s license for positions that
require motor vehicle operation. A safe driving record is required and a
Postal Service road test is administered for the type of vehicle that you
Drug Testing (Substance Abuse)
The Postal Service maintains a comprehensive program to ensure a
drug-free workplace. A qualification for postal employment is to be drug
free, and this qualification is determined through the use of a urinalysis
drug screen. When you are determined to be in the area of consideration for
employment, you will be scheduled for a drug screening test.
Detailed information about benefits, retirement,
qualifications requirements, and pay is included in the paperback version of
Office Jobs" by Dennis V. Damp. This book is available at many libraries in
their reference section or you can purchase a copy by calling toll free at
1-800-782-7424 for $24.95 plus shipping. It is the perfect book for those seeking post office careers. All major credit cards are accepted.
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