Offset Equipment Operator
Salary: $15.24-$18.60 hourly / $2,650-$3,235 monthly / Range:
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
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
5. Performs basic cleaning and maintenance of machines; ensures
maintenance problems are promptly reported; assists with
1. Two years of experience operating offset presses and related
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
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.