Press Operator

Posted April 10, 2018

Department:          Web/Rotary

Shift:                          Days

Reports To:             Web/Rotary Manager

FLSA Status:           Non-Exempt

Effective Date:       March 2018



Performs manual and machine operator tasks in the set-up, maintenance and operation of a printing press.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Reads instructions from job jacket and sets up or directs set-up of press based on instructions.
  • Makes job ready by running samples to adjust print quality, registration, color settings and mixings
  • Makes final pre-run inspection of job and approves or confers with supervisor for approval. Responsible for quality of printed work with defined levels of authority.
  • Operators or directs operation of printing press to print in accordance with job orders
  • Monitors pH and conductivity of fountain solution on offset press.
  • Supervises press helper or 2nd press operator multi-color presses.
  • Performs preventative maintenance on press such as lubrication, replacement of small parts, cleaning and minor adjustments t rollers and other small moving parts.
  • Reads Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). Sees to proper handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals.
  • Operates or assist on other pressroom equipment and presses if needed and when workload permits.
  • Assists in cleaning up and keeping immediate work area neat and orderly.
  • Performs other tasks as requested.


  • Requires good knowledge of how to mix and produce correct color in printing.
  • Ability to read and understand written instructions and set-up press to carry out instructions.
  • Thorough knowledge of problem-solving press.
  • Thorough knowledge of press operations and functions.
  • Good understand of prepress functions.
  • Vocational/technical degree and/or equivalent experience.
  • Consistent attendance at the work place is required.

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