Offset Press Operator Duties
This is an entry level position that requires learning the
operation and maintenance of a variety of smaller offset
printing presses of the pressroom of University Printing.
The individual filling this position will be expected to
achieve proficiency in the operation of smaller presses
within the shop with a degree of skill appropriate to the
position. The employee will primarily be responsible for the
quality printing of envelopes, letterheads, and other one
and two color printed materials.
Responsibilities include setting up, maintaining, adjusting,
and operating any one of a variety of smaller presses. The
employee is responsible for performing all regular
preventative maintenance on the press or presses to which
he/she may be assigned. An increasing knowledge of the
individual small presses and their capabilities is expected.
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
OEO1 to follow job specifications and established quality
control standards. The OEO1 will be responsible for
exercising a good faith effort to meet all reasonable
production requirements set by management.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
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
Experience and or training as a journeyman press operator
and a familiarity with various types of small
presses-especially of the type and size found within the
pressroom of University Printing is desirable but not
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
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
Ability to comprehend and effectively follow oral and
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 the small presses currently being operated by
University Printing essential.
A growing knowledge of the use of and application of inks to
paper and of the various chemicals and materials used in the
Ability to be trained in the operation of larger and more