Offset Press Operator IV Duties
This is the highest position for a press operator at
University Printing. Individuals in this position must
possess high skills in the knowledge, operation and
maintenance of a variety of complex offset printing presses
of the pressroom of University Printing. The individual
filling this position will be able to operate all presses
within the shop with a high degree of skill and discernment.
The employee is responsible for the quality printing of
books, folders, brochures, and all other printed material.
Responsibilities include setting up, maintaining, adjusting,
and operating any one of a variety of small and large
presses. The employee is responsible for performing all
regular preventative maintenance on the press or presses to
which he/she may be assigned. A general knowledge of the
individual presses and their capabilities is expected.
Work may involve the training of other employees to operate
any one of the presses on which the Offset Press Operator IV
is qualified to operate.
The OPOIV position differs from that of Offset Press
Operator III in two ways in particular. First, the OPOIV is
expected to be proficient in the care and operation of more
types of presses than the OPOIII. Second, the OPOIV is
expected to demonstrate a higher degree of skill level and
discernment than the OPOII or III.
The OPOIV should be able to work independently under the
general supervision of the Press Supervisor. The supervisor
will make job assignments and review the work in progress to
determine adherence of the OPOIV to follow job
specifications and established quality control standards.
The OPOIV will be responsible for exercising a good faith
effort to meet all reasonable production requirements set by
In the absence of the press supervisor, under the guidance
and direction of the Assistant Manager or Manager, the OPOIV
is expected to assume responsibility for leadership and
continuing the work and training of all junior individuals
in the pressroom (meeting deadlines and adhering to
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.
Trains apprentices in the operation of various types of
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.
Will supervise those junior OPO's as designated by
individuals in higher positions of responsibility. Performs
other related jobs as required.
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
Considerable experience as a journeyman press operator and a
familiarity with various types of presses-especially of the
type and size found within the pressroom of University
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
written instructions and to see that those working as
helpers are properly instructed and checked for compliance
in following such instruction.
Strong mechanical ability and a through knowledge and
understanding of the operation of offset printing presses in
general. Knowledge of presses currently being operated by
University Printing essential.
Through knowledge of the use of and application of inks to
paper and of the various chemicals and materials used in the
Ability to train junior employees in the use and operation
of individual presses and provide guidance and instruction