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Career Story: Federal Supervisor Of Printing US Currency

Federal Supervisor Of Printing US Currency

Job Title: Federal Supervisor

Education: BS in Applied Sciences (Micro Economics), Texas A & M, Experienced truck driver, journeyman printer, trained in survival techniques (U.S. Army), Trained in Disaster Management (U.S.Army)

Previous Experience: Hauled explosives cross-country, started in printing before military service and resumed after, attended college out of boredom while wife worked days and I worked nights.

Job Tasks: Supervise approximately 24 people in govt. printing shop for U.S. treasury in Fort Worth for the B.E.P Have 39 years in printing, 18 years printing U.S. currency for the govt. Responsible for 75 million in payroll, equipment and product on a daily basis. About 5-6 hours spent in admin duties with remainder in employee issues and relations. Currently oversee printing of appoximately $50 million of U.S. currency each day on midnight shift. I provide the method and means of production to a number highly trained and skilled craftsmen and women to facilitate the production of the world's most desired commodity.

I deal with union issues involving labor disputes, equitable treatment, and job performance in order to provide for smooth and seamless production. I daily practice interpersonal communication between numerous employee personalities, facilitate repair issues on multi-million dollar equipment, maintain vast quantities of raw materials and reconcile U.S. Govt. security items that must be accounted for down to the sheet of paper, pound of ink and man hours required to produce a quality product.

I am also responsible for quality control in a tightly monitored atmosphere. I am also charged with maintaining a level of spoilage that is acceptable to management and creating new and different solutions to further reduce the cost of currency to the American taxpayer and the Federal Reserve System.

Contrary to public belief, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is not run with tax dollars, but with profits of currency sold to the Federal Reserve System. The wages, equipment and expenses associated with currency production are paid by profits generated by the sale of our product.

In the constantly perilous world of currency, we must be vigilant about counterfeiting and do what ever is necessary to deter the illegal reproduction on U.S. currency.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best is the people; the worst is the people. It's great to deal with the varied personalities of the personnel that are in the employ of the U.S. government and its agencies. There are as many differences as there are people. Each one is an individual with his or her own agendas for life. Some are here only for a job while other's are here for a career. These care about the age old craft of printing. They contribute to keeping a dying aft form alive and flourishing. Those that are here for a job only care about getting paid. Not to be unfair, for even those people contribute in ways we may not recognize.

Job Tips:
1. Gather as much experience as possible in many diverse areas; no matter the experience you will learn from it.

2. Always do the right thing, whatever it may be. Obey the law!

3. Stay away from illegal activities and substances. They don't call it dope because it's good for you.

Additional Thoughts: Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty and pay your dues. Technology is great, but craftsmen and women will always make the world work smoothly.

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