Former Aircraft Mechanic Enjoys Working with State-of-the-Art Robotics

By Brian J. Martin
August 24, 2016

Randy Sowder, Coin Assembly Machine Operator.
Randy Sowder, Coin Assembly Machine Operator.

Randy Sowder, a Coin Assembly Machine Operator at the U.S. Mint, loves the stability of his job in San Francisco.

After working for two major airlines as an aircraft technician and getting laid off, Randy has spent the past five years in the packaging division in San Francisco, where he has grown fond of the technology.

“I have always been interested in technology,” says Sowder. “Working with the state-of-the-art robotics we have at the San Francisco Mint [has been] a big plus.”

Sowder holds a private pilot’s license and, in his spare time, enjoys operating first person view aircraft, better known as “drones.”

He also enjoys traveling and taking long road trips.

“I grew up in the Midwest, so it’s great to visit all of the national parks in the West that I heard about as a kid,” says Sowder, who plans on traveling to New Mexico this spring.

As for the future, Sowder hopes to one day put his technical expertise to use as a tech for the Mint. In the meantime, he strives every day to improve his skills at operating and helping to improve the operation of the robotics lines that the Mint uses for packaging production.

To learn more about the U.S. Mint in San Francisco, its employees and proof coin production, watch the video below.

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