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Print Shop Supervisor Duties

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This is supervisory and technical work in the production of printed and graphic arts products in a large scale printing operation.

Work involves responsibility for supervising and assisting subordinates engaged in the production of printed and graphic arts products. Supervision is exercised over a staff of technical assistants and subordinates including offset pressmen and trainees. Some independence is exercised in determining procedures and scheduling operations. Work is performed under general supervision of administrative superiors who make periodic checks on work performed for quality and adherence to established policies.


Plans, lays out, and supervises the work of skilled subordinates engaged in the production of a wide variety of printed and graphic arts products.

Supervises and participates as necessary in offset presswork and related duplicating operations; trains apprentices in the operation of printing equipment.

Inspects work in progress and finished materials to see that quality and quantity standards are compiled with.

Resolves technical problems such as special ink mixtures.

Requisitions materials, inks, and equipment; schedules necessary repair and service of machines; makes periodic inventory of supplies.

Sees that records of cost, production, and time worked are maintained and appropriate records submitted.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school supplemented by specialized training in graphic arts and considerable experience, including some supervisory experience, in technical printing work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


Thorough knowledge of the operation of offset presses and related duplicating equipment and the techniques of reproduction and assembly of printed items.

Thorough knowledge of the use and application of papers, inks, fluids, and chemicals used in printing.

Considerable knowledge of layout for photographic and offset reproduction.

Ability to train and direct the work of a staff of printing personnel.



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