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Offset Equipment Operator

Salary: $15.24-$18.60 hourly / $2,650-$3,235 monthly / Range: 4794

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, operates offset printing equipment, high speed copiers, camera-ready processors, plate-making equipment, and various post-press bindery equipment; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Offset Equipment Operator is the experienced journey level class. Offset Equipment Operator is distinguished from the Offset Equipment Operator, Senior, by the latter's responsibility to lead and train other workers, schedule and oversee the production of work within the Reprographics division, and the responsibility for coordinating and performing required maintenance actions.


1. Produces multiple printing projects by operation of various models of offset printing presses; sets up and registers forms in the press; adjusts paper feeding mechanisms; mixes ink and controls ink and water controls; operates various offset presses for single color and multicolor printing.
2. Produces copies of multi-page documents by operation of computerized analog and digital photocopiers; operates various bindery equipment for stapling, padding, and drilling; sizes, cuts, and trims paper stock on a computerized hydraulic paper cutter; collates manually and by using automatic collating equipment.
3. Operates camera with photo direct plate processor; processes line film and halftones; strips negatives into flats for platemaking; burns metal aqueous plates, gammaliths, and megaplates.
4. Calculates stock counts and ensures proper stock level is available; receives work orders and reviews with customer; records accounting and charge-back information; alerts supervisor of necessary stock requirements; receives stock and updates inventory documents.
5. Performs basic cleaning and maintenance of machines; ensures maintenance problems are promptly reported; assists with troubleshooting problems.


1. Two years of experience operating offset presses and related equipment; or,
2. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: basic methods and procedures used in offset and photocopy processes; camera assisted aqueous plate, gammalith, and megaplate production; inventory and stock receiving procedures; cleaning and preventive maintenance procedures related to offset printing equipment.

Ability to: operate, maintain, and oversee production on various types of offset printing equipment; operate analog and digital photocopy machines, bindery and cutting machinery; provide and maintain quality control; keep production records; learn inventory practices; follow written and oral directions; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with customers and other staff; complete projects within time constraints.

Supplemental Information: Incumbents in this classification may be exposed to a variety of hazards including: working in a noisy environment and chemical hazards such as ink, toner, and megaplate developer solution. Performing the essential functions of this classification requires various types of physical exertion, such as bending, lifting, carrying heavy objects up to a maximum weight of 50 pounds, and also requires possession of hearing acuity sufficient to operate machinery.

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