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Banknote Designer (Apprentice)

Bureau of Engraving and Printing k

Washington, DC

Jul 11
Job Description

This position is located at Bureau of Engraving and Printing, within the Product Design Division. As a Banknote Designer (Apprentice), you will complete a seven year apprenticeship which consists of supervised training in the various craft skills. During the apprenticeship, there are periods of capability demonstrations which are evaluated by the Manager and Chief with input from the Journeyman Banknote Designers to ensure the relevant capabilities are demonstrated.

The following are the duties of this position at the WE-3. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

As a Banknote Designer (Apprentice), you will:

Manifest proper mental attitude, i.e. they must be able to accept constructive criticism, feedback, follow instructions and orders, and cooperate in any job assignment
Demonstrate an understanding of the overall printing processes and ability to leverage new processes and/or equipment to better facilitate a design.
Develop design files using a variety of software applications including but not limited to the following: One System, Adobe Illustrator®, and Adobe Photoshop®.
Build strong collaboration with the Office of Engraving to provide satisfactory continuous tone models (including but not limited to: portrait, ornament, title, vignette, guilloche models, et al) and output files that Engraving can use to create intaglio linework.
Collaborate with the Office of Engraving when developing offset linework for currency design and other security products that is satisfactory to both entities.
Develop an understanding of the limitations of manufacturing processes that may influence reproducibility, through working with Product Managers and manufacturing personnel and use this data to incorporate technical information to enhance the manufacturability of the product.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

The BEP prints billions of dollars – referred to as Federal Reserve notes – each year for delivery to the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve operates as the nation's central bank and serves to ensure that adequate amounts of currency and coin are in circulation. The BEP does not produce coins – all U.S. coinage is minted by the United States Mint. The BEP also advises other federal agencies on document security matters.

The BEP's robust research and development efforts focus on counterfeit deterrent technologies and production process efficiencies. The BEP develops overt and covert security features for U.S. currency that keep the number of counterfeits in circulation low.