Offset Press Operator Duties
This is the third level press operator position in the
operation and maintenance of a variety of small and larger
more sophisticated offset printing presses in the pressroom
of University Printing. It is expected that the individual
filling this position has achieved a degree of proficiency
in the operation of smaller presses within the shop and
possesses experience in the operation of both the larger
2-color and the 4-color presses on the floor at University
An OPOIII must have demonstrated a degree of skill in the
operation of all presses that is appropriate to this higher
position. The employee will be responsible for the quality
printing of all jobs on the smaller presses involving one or
two color brochures, cards, envelopes, letterheads, and some
limited four color printed materials. In addition, the
OPOIII should be well acquainted with the larger more
complex presses and have considerable experience as a helper
and limited experience as the primary pressperson on the
more sophisticated presses. This work will generally require
an increased discernment and more critical evaluation and
adjustments than that expected of an OPOII.
Responsibilities include setting up, maintaining, adjusting,
and operating any one of a variety of smaller and larger
presses. The employee is responsible for performing all
regular preventative maintenance on the press or presses to
which he/she may be assigned. An increased knowledge of all
individual presses and their capabilities is expected.
The individual in the OPOIII position will be expected to
posses a critical eye and have an ever increasing
understanding of the operation and maintenance of the larger
presses on the floor at University Printing. In this
capacity, the OPOIII will take direct instruction from an
OPOIV with the chief operating responsibility for these more
sophisticated presses. The OPOIII must be capable of
providing on-going instruction to those whom may be directed
to assist as helpers on the larger presses.
All work is performed under general supervision of a
technical superior. The supervisor will make job assignments
and review the work in progress to determine adherence of
the OPOIII to follow job specifications and established
quality control standards. The OPOIII will be responsible
for exercising a good faith effort to meet all reasonable
production requirements set by management.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Sets ups, adjusts, and operates offset printing presses to
print various printed materials.
Makes adjustments, cleans, lubricates press to achieve
successful printing operation. Performs all regular daily,
weekly, or monthly maintenance for presses and other
pressroom equipment in compliance with either manufacturer's
suggestions or Printing Department's determined schedule.
Develops and maintains the correct pressure and registration
between the plates and ink in order to obtain a clean, clear
impression of the material being printed.
Informs Supervisor of the need of materials, inks, and other
supplies for the pressroom.
Inspects work in progress and finished materials to ensure
the quality standards and accuracy of printing is being
Resolves technical problems with presses, inks , and other
solutions as necessary. Also responsible for calling
attention of any problems with equipment to supervisor.
Performs other related jobs within the department as
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a standard high school is mandatory.
College, vocational school, or specialized trade education
or previous on-the job training should be considered as an
Experience and or training as a journeyman press operator
and a familiarity with various types of small and larger
presses-especially of the type and size found within the
pressroom of University Printing is desirable but not
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ability to detect defects in printed pieces while jobs are
in progress and make adjustments for correction.
Must possess a strong commitment to quality of work
Ability to comprehend and effectively follow oral and
Basic mechanical ability and a desire and ability to acquire
knowledge and understanding of the operation of smaller
offset printing presses in general. Achieving a working
knowledge of all presses currently being operated by
University Printing is essential.
A growing knowledge of the use of and application of inks to
paper and of the various chemicals and materials used in the
Ability to provide instruction to those in positions lower
than the OPOIII.