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Postal Exam 916 Custodial Maintenance Exam Application Process & How To Pass For USPS Jobs

Postal Exam 916 is responsible to fill the custodial Jobs which play the major role in the United States Postal Service. The Duties of custodians are daily manual labor in connection with maintenance and cleaning of building and ground of Postal Facility. There are hundreds of custodians are currently working for the U.S. Postal Service but hiring of new custodians are infrequent. Postal policy states that this exam is restricted to preference eligible military veterans. If you’re a preference eligible military veteran, read on. If not, you might as well skip this exam and move on to others.

Most of the new employees are hired in as a Postal Support Employee (PSE) Laborer Custodians which is the non-career position and which may lead the career position at a Later Date. The typical Starting Salary for the USPS Custodial Maintenance Jobs is $13.25 per hours. The PSE Custodians works on the Limited Benefits such as:

Paid Time Off – Earned at a rate of 1 hour for every 20 paid hours contractual pay raises

Health Insurance – through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, after one year of service.  Workers will have to pay a premium.

Dental And Vision Insurance – after one year of service they get the dental & Vision Insurance.

Postal Exam 916 Outline-

The Postal Exam 916 are consists of four sections as detailed below:

  1. Part A: Vocabulary Reading
  2. Part B: Basic Safety
  3. Part C: General Cleaning
  4. Part D: Following Written Instruction

Part A — Vocabulary Reading : This section tests your ability to read and understand written materials such as product label instructions and warnings, material safety data sheets, equipment operating instructions, and cleaning route sheets.

Part B — Basic Safety:  This section tests your knowledge of basic safety principles and practices such as proper lifting techniques, personal protective equipment, and awareness of electrical, chemical, and other health hazards in the area of cleaning and building maintenance.

Part C — General Cleaning: This section tests your knowledge of general cleaning and disinfecting materials, techniques, equipment, and tools commonly used by custodians.

Part D — Following Written Instruction: This section tests your ability to understand instructions similar to those you might receive on the job.

Postal Exam 916 Job Profile & Description-

Postal Custodians Custodial Laborers assist with the maintenance and cleaning of the Postal Facilities i.e Buildings & Grounds. Typical tasks of these positions includes using power assisted tools and operating power driven custodial equipment. Some of its Duties & Responsibilities are given below:

  • Makes or assists in making minor maintenance repairs to building and equipment.
  • In smaller buildings assist the fireman-laborer in firing the boiler; in firemen-laborer’s absence fires and clean the boiler.
  • Operates a variety of power driven equipment such as floor scrubbers, floor sanders, waxers, and wall washers; adjusts brushes, buffers, and other attachments on machines; uses wax, polish, and other protective agents appropriate for the various; surfaces; washes walls and ceilings from scaffolding.
  • Performs general laboring duties such as uncrating and assembling furniture and fixtures using bolts and screws for assembly, loading and unloading supplies and equipment.
  • Performs janitorial duties such as cleaning, scrubbing, waxing, and polishing floors; washes walls and ceiling; dusts furniture and fixtures; cleans hardware and toilet fixtures; washes windows; cares for lawns and shrubs; cleans sidewalks and driveways and removes ashes, snow and ice.
  • In addition, may: operate elevator, stack supplies in storage rooms and on shelves; move furniture and equipment.

Postal Exam 916 Requirements –

Physical Requirements:

  • Applicants must be physically able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. These duties may involve using a variety of hand and power-assisted tools, and power-driven custodial equipment.
  • Applicants must have the ability to stand, stoop, bend, and stretch for long periods of time and to manually lift and carry objects weighing 45 pounds or more, without assistance.


Performs manual labor in connection with maintenance and cleaning of the buildings and grounds of a postal facility; assists in firing low pressure boiler and in making minor repairs to the building and equipment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

This section is composed of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) which are required to satisfactorily perform the tasks of the position. Applicants 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. Applicants demonstrate these levels by describing examples of experience, education, or training, any of which may be non-postal. Ratings are based on the demonstration of the level of possession of each of the KSAs. Failure to demonstrate any KSA is disqualifying.

  • Ability to work at heights above floor level, such as from ladders, vert-a-lifts, walkways, and scaffolds.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral instructions expressed in English.



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