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Printing Equipment Operator Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Operates a variety of offset printing presses and related equipment in order to produce printed material based on specifications of job order. Produces burn plates for jobs.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications. It is distinguished from the Printing Equipment Operator in that incumbents in this classification are required to operate a variety of printing equipment and jobs assigned are more complex such as in the use of multi-colored materials. Incumbents in this classification will be exposed to adverse noise levels and must perform work within established deadlines inherent to the printing industry.

Examples of Duties:

  • Adjusts and sets up printing presses or related equipment dependent on job assigned and job specifications; mixes ink, selects appropriate paper stock, adjusts machine according to thickness of paper and maintains appropriate chemical/solution levels.
  • Operates a variety of printing/press equipment including multi-colored machines in production of printed materials.
  • Burns and develops plates if original copy needs reduction including determining length of exposure and placement of copy on plate.
  • Responds to problems with jobs and provides expertise in correcting problems and answering job related questions regarding process, machines or materials for other operators.
  • Maintains accurate records of work in progress such as amount of time and materials required to complete job.
  • Examines completed jobs to determine if quality standards are met.
  • Cleans printing equipment and performs preventative maintenance on equipment as needed; responds to equipment breakdowns and performs minor repairs of equipment.
  • Operates various bindery equipment such as folder or stapler, and assists with packaging jobs as needed.
  • Monitors level of printing/duplicating supplies and orders according to established department procedure.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of ink, paper and chemicals used in printing and duplicating specifications.
  • Knowledge and skill in operation of larger printing presses and equipment including multi-colored machines.
  • Skill in following both verbal and written instructions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of a vocational training program AND two years experience in operation of printing presses and related equipment; OR, Two and one-half years experience in the operation of printing presses and related equipment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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