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Offset Press Operator

E34

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the management and/or operation of offset printing presses and other reproduction/peripheral equipment.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following.

  • Operates offset presses in the printing of publications, forms, bulletins, or other items.
  • Cleans and makes necessary adjustments and minor repairs to equipment.
  • Maintains an inventory of materials or supplies on hand.
  • Assists in the design or layout of forms and materials to be printed.
  • Prepares and treats lithographic plates with various chemicals in order to fix images, clean, and preserve plates; maintains and stores plates, films, and masters.
  • Performs strip-up of negatives in preparation for printing, including proofing materials.
  • Performs a variety of difficult tasks in the operation of offset presses during the reproduction of copies, in several colors and tones, requiring minute adjustments.
  • Supervises staff in the preparation of requisitions for supplies, materials and equipment; maintains supply and equipment inventories; receives supplies and installs equipment; maintains records of operating costs and supplies used.
  • Manages, reviews and evaluates offset press print requests.

Level Descriptors

The Offset Press Operator job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the level of complexity of specific job assignments, the extent of responsibility assigned, the level of expertise required for the completion of assigned projects, and the responsibility for the supervision of others.

LEVEL I                                    Code:  E34A                             Salary Band:  F

This is the basic level of this job family where incumbents primarily perform entry-level work in a training status to build their skills in the operation of offset printing equipment.  In this role they are assigned duties related to the printing of simple jobs, restocking, and inventory of supplies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of setup, operation, and minor maintenance of a variety of offset presses; of methods and techniques used in preparing, cleaning, and preserving lithographic plates; and of basic mathematics and of basic grammar, spelling and punctuation.  Ability is required to operate and perform minor repairs and adjustments to offset presses.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of one year of experience in the operation of an offset press; or the completion of a vocational or technical education program in offset printing.

LEVEL II                                   Code:  E34B                             Salary Band:  G

This is the career level where incumbents perform a full range of offset printing assignments of a complex nature.  This includes print jobs requiring multiple color, set-up and operation of offset printing presses of a class 17” x 22” or larger, or presses with a T-head attachment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I, plus knowledge of the operation of offset printing presses of a class 17” x 22” or larger; of multicolor printing; of T-head attachments; of the hazards of operating a large offset press; and of modern office procedures;.  Ability is required to plan and execute a sequence of press operations; and to train and instruct others in the operation of offset presses.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I, plus two additional years of experience in the operation of offset presses.

Level III                                   Code:  E34C                             Salary Band:  H

This is the specialist level where employees are assigned responsibilities involving advanced technical work related to processes and systems such as 4-color process printing or similar involving a high degree of complexity.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus ability to operate specialized multi-process presses and related equipment.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus one additional year of experience.

LEVEL IV                                  Code:  E34D                             Salary Band:  I

This is the leadership level where incumbents are assigned responsibility for the supervision of other lower-level staff in the operation of offset printing equipment or in managing an offset press operation for an agency.  This will include reviewing and evaluating print requests to determine the most cost efficient method of producing high quality jobs, advising staff on requirements and evaluating the results of completed work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus plus the ability to manage an offset press area/operation.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one additional year of experience in the operation of offset presses.