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Printing Equipment Operator Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Operates offset printing press and related equipment in order to produce printed material based on specifications of job order.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of two classifications. It is distinguished from the Printing Equipment Operator, Senior in that incumbents in this classification do not operate complex press equipment and jobs are of a routine nature. Incumbents will be exposed to adverse noise levels and must work within established deadlines inherent to the printing industry.

Examples of Duties:

  • Adjusts and sets up press for each job according to job specifications which includes mixing ink, selecting appropriate paper stock and changing machine controls according to thickness of paper.
  • Operates offset presses to produce printed copies of materials such as letterheads, envelopes and business cards.
  • Operates folding machine, stapler or other bindery equipment, as needed; Assists with packaging jobs or stuffing envelopes as needed.
  • Maintains records of work in progress.
  • Examines completed jobs to determine if quality standards are met.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and skill in operation of printing equipment.
  • Knowledge of ink, paper and chemicals used in printing and duplicating operations.
  • Skill in following both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of a vocational training program; OR, Six months experience in 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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