Offset Press Operator Duties
This is the second level press operator position in the
operation and maintenance of a variety of smaller offset
printing presses in the pressroom of University Printing. It
is expected that the individual filling this position has
achieved a degree of proficiency in the operation of smaller
presses within the shop and has demonstrated a degree of
skill that is appropriate to this higher position. The
employee will primarily be responsible for the quality
printing of brochures, cards, envelopes, letterheads, and
some limited four 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.
The individual in the OPOII position will be expected to
learn the operation and maintenance of and be a helper in
the operation of the larger presses on the floor at
University Printing. In this capacity, the OPOII will take
direct instruction from an OPOIII or OPOIV with the chief
operating responsibility for these more sophisticated
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
OPOII to follow job specifications and established quality
control standards. The OPOII 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 produced.
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