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This is highly technical and independent work in the design and preparation of illustrations for use in technical and scientific journals and publications.
The successful accomplishment of this work requires a knowledge of design, layout, and proportion; a thorough knowledge and talent in photography required for the production of color and black and white photographs and transparent slides; and skill in the operation of an offset press and other duplication equipment. An employee allocated to this class of work performs highly independent, technical duties and may supervise other employees in the graphics unit. Work is performed independently under the general direction of the faculty clientele and an administrative superior.


Performs all phases of graphic work including the production of charts, graphs, forms, and other illustrative material; the photographing of this material to produce black and white or color photographs suitable for reproduction in scientific or other journals or printed material; the production of black and white, color, or diazo transparent slides; and the layout and production of printed material using an offset press, mimeograph, or other similar reproduction equipment.

Maintains records and files of work performed; assures the timely completion of all work presented to the graphics unit; maintains cost information for the work completed.

Utilizes offset press equipment to print in-house publications, questionnaires, stationary, and forms.

Prepares press by putting on plate, mixing and putting ink in fountain, loading feeder, gumming and wrapping plates, maintaining plate file, and making other adjustments necessary to run jobs.

Operates binding equipment such a power stapler, padding machine, collator, punch machine, etc.

Maintains a supply of chemicals, films, paper, and all other supplies necessary for the design, photography, and printing aspects of this position.

Provides routine maintenance for reproduction equipment, including copiers.

As time permits, provides work-related photographic service for faculty members.

On occasion, supervises the work of part-time assistants assigned to the graphics unit.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a two or four year college with a course of study in graphics or some allied course of study or formal training and considerable experience in graphic arts work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of layout, proportion, and materials in production of scientific illustrations.

Thorough knowledge of the principles of photography and practical knowledge of the production of photographic materials.

Ability to plan, design, and layout graphic arts work.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and the general public.

Skills in lettering, drawing, and preparing a wide variety of materials for production.

Training and skill in the operation of mimeograph machine, offset press, varityper, and other similar small graphics equipment.



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