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Composition Supervisor Duties

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This is skilled work in supervising the operation of a composition room and in operating and maintaining Linotype machines.
Work involves assigning, instructing, and participating in the work of a small crew of compositors and Linotype operators engaged in hand composition and operating of Linotypes, galley presses, and allied equipment in a print shop. General assignments are received by work orders or from a superior who is available for consultation, but are carried out with some technical independence. Review of work is by proofreading, conference, and observation of results.


Assigns and supervises the work of a small number of technical subordinates engaged in composing pages for the printing of periodicals, brochures, books, and other job printing.

Operates a Linotype machine for newspaper, book, and magazine work; sets type for job work of all kinds.

Instructs new employees in shop routines; supervises work in progress; assists with technically difficult work.

Supervises the care, maintenance, and repair of Linotypes and allied equipment in the plant, and assists in their maintenance.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school; and considerable experience in manual and machine typesetting work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


Considerable knowledge of the operation of Linotypes, presses, and allied printing equipment.

Considerable knowledge of the routines and procedures involved in printing.

Ability to assign and supervise the work of technical subordinates.

Ability to carry out skilled and specialized print setting operations and to assist in the solution of technical composition problems.

Ability to carry out routine maintenance and repairs on Linotype equipment.

Skill in the operation of Linotypes, galley presses, and allied equipment.



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