Prepares incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Examines, sorts, and routes mail. Loads, operates, and occasionally adjusts and repairs mail processing, sorting, and canceling machinery. Keeps records of shipments, pouches, and sacks; and other duties related to mail handling within the postal service.
This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster Administrative Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Clears jams in sorting equipment.
- Operates various types of equipment, such as computer scanning equipment, addressographs, mimeographs, optical character readers, and bar-code sorters.
- Sorts odd-sized mail by hand, sorts mail that other workers have been unable to sort, and segregates items requiring special handling.
- Directs items according to established routing schemes, using computer-controlled keyboards or voice-recognition equipment.
- Checks items to ensure that addresses are legible and correct, that sufficient postage has been paid or the appropriate documentation is attached, and that items are in a suitable condition for processing.
- Bundles, labels, and routes sorted mail to designated areas, depending on destinations and according to established procedures and deadlines.
- Moves containers of mail, using equipment such as forklifts and automated "trains".
- Opens and labels mail containers.
- Loads and unloads mail trucks, sometimes lifting containers of mail onto equipment that transports items to sorting stations.
- Distributes incoming mail into the correct boxes or pigeonholes.