Composition Supervisor Duties
This is skilled work in supervising the operation of a
composition room and in operating and maintaining Linotype
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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school;
and considerable experience in manual and machine
typesetting work; or any equivalent combination of training
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
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
Ability to carry out skilled and specialized print setting
operations and to assist in the solution of technical
Ability to carry out routine maintenance and repairs on
Skill in the operation of Linotypes, galley presses, and