PSE Motor Vehicle Operator / Tractor Trailer Operator Jobs in south carolina

What is this job?

The Postal Service offers the three below professional driving positions.
• Motor Vehicle Operators operate mail trucks to pick up and transport mail in bulk and are required to take exam 230.
• Tractor Trailer Operators operate heavy-duty tractor trailers either in over-the-road service, city shuttle service, or trailer spotting operations and are required to take exam 240.
• The Motor Vehicle Operator / Tractor Trailer Operator position performs both the above types of driving functions and requires exam 238.

Wages can vary by location, but the salaries for a career professional driver can range from $50,000 to over $60,000 per year. Specific information on wages is provided on individual job postings

Professional driving positions come with the full range of benefits for which the Postal Service is famous. See our Career Benefits page for details.

(You may see a posting for a PSE Motor Vehicle Operator / Tractor Trailer Operator if they are not prepared to hire a career employee at that particular time or location. This job would perform the same functions, but it is a non-career position that comes with lesser wages that vary geographically and with partial or no benefits. Specific information on wages and benefits are included on individual job postings. PSE is an acronym for Postal Support Employee. When posted as a PSE job, this should be viewed as a starting point for a career Motor Vehicle Operator / Tractor Trailer Operator position. In such a case, when a career Motor Vehicle Operator / Tractor Trailer Operator position becomes available, it will be filled by promoting a PSE Motor Vehicle Operator / Tractor Trailer Operator. PSEs are typically hired for 360 day terms and can be reappointed for additional 360 day terms. See our PSE jobs page for details.)

How do I get it?

Following is a brief recap of the hiring and testing process. See our How to apply page for full details.

1. First you must find an open job posting on the USPS website. This sounds easy enough, but unfortunately the Postal Service online job search function is a nightmare that does not work as intended due to technical issues and chronic posting errors. See our Why the Postal Job Search Function Does Not Work article for details.

2. Once you find a job posting, you apply for that job online. Again this sounds easy enough, but the online application process is a seemingly endless series of conflicting instructions, confusing forms, electronic steps, cover letters, and attachments.  Our How to Really Get Postal Jobs is a step-by-step guide for successfully navigating the challenging job search, the frustrating application process, and the employment interview. Included is their official checklist used when interviewing applicants for PSE and Assistant jobs. You will have the inside scoop needed to ace your employment interview!

3. You are scheduled to take an employment exam as you apply. As noted above, each of the three professional driving jobs requires a different test - exam 230, 238, or 240. But believe it or not, these three tests are identical even though they have different names, and they are not really exams in the first place. Rather than actual tests, they are identical questionnaires about your driving record and experience. They do, however, include the Personal Characteristics & Experience section that appears on all Postal exams. Since these are not true tests, there is no such thing as a study guide for them. But our book How to Really Get Postal Jobs does provide one complete sample test for the Personal Characteristics & Experience section of the exam and a copy of the actual questionnaire about your driving record and experience.