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Dulles, VA, Electronic Technician David Howard

My name is David Howard and I’m an electronic technician at the Dulles, VA, Processing and Distribution Center. I maintain our machines and equipment and ensure there are no delays or failures, which helps us take care of our product — the mail — and keep our customers satisfied.

On a typical day, I prepare our letter-sorting machines for operation before the clerks begin their day shift. I calibrate the machines, align the camera that reads the mail and run tests so the equipment achieves optimum performance. I also inspect the parts and belts for wear and check the power supplies for proper voltage.

I joined the Postal Service about 32 years ago. I worked as a maintenance mechanic for several years before becoming an electronic technician in 1999. The job hasn’t changed much, but the equipment has. As time has passed, much of the processing equipment has been updated and replaced by machines that are faster and take fewer people to operate.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife and I have been married for 31 years and have one daughter, who is 19 and in college. I also like being outside, including hunting and fishing.

The Postal Service has provided me with a good career. I’ve met a lot of nice people over the years who’ve become good friends. The skills I’ve learned through my training have helped me on the job and off. The benefits are good and I have a good retirement to look forward to when my career is over.

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