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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 Printing.

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.


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 maintained.

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 required.


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 asset.

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 required.

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 produced.

Ability to comprehend and effectively follow oral and written instructions.

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 pressroom.

Ability to provide instruction to those in positions lower than the OPOIII.




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