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This is supervisory and technical work in the graphics unit of a large scale printing operation.
Work involves responsibility for supervising the work of skilled technicians in the preparation of graphics materials for printing, coordinating, and planning the layouts of jobs being readied for the press, and assuring quality standards of jobs. Duties also involve participating in all phases of the production of graphics materials. Work is performed under general supervision of administrative superiors and is reviewed by observation of results.


Assigns and supervises the work of skilled workers in the preparation of mechanicals, printing signatures, layouts, camera work, negative preparation, proofing, and plate making.

Inspects work in progress for quality standards and approves all finished plates before going to press area.

Maintains records such as inventory, production, and time records.

Assists in hiring, instructing, and training new employees.

Requisitions materials needed in the work area. Makes recommendations for changes and equipment needs.

Supervises the maintenance and repair of equipment.

Performs work such as preparing mechanicals, strips negatives, proofs materials, and makes plates.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school with considerable on the job or vocational school training in graphics; experience in supervising the work of others; or any combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of layout, proportion, and materials used in the production of printed graphics materials.

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

Ability to plan, design, and lay out graphics art work.

Ability to assign and supervise the work of subordinates.

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

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

Ability to use light tables, vacuum frames, plate processors, cameras, and film processors.



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