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Offset Equipment Operator, Senior

Salary: $18.14-$22.15 hourly / $3,156-$3,852 monthly / Range: 5144

DEFINITION: Under general direction, provides operational support of offset press and high-speed copier equipment, including pre-press camera setup, stripping, and plate-making and post-press bindery operation; troubleshoots equipment and provides technical assistance to staff; schedules and performs maintenance actions on equipment; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from the Reprographics Supervisor in that the latter is responsible for supervision and counseling of employees and budget administration. It is further distinguished from the Offset Equipment Operator in that it is a lead worker responsible for performing such tasks as: overseeing maintenance of equipment; ordering stock; setting up for jobs; prioritizing and assigning work; developing operating procedures; and providing training and technical support to other staff.


1. Operates full range of equipment including offset presses, high-speed copiers, bindery and pre-press equipment; diagnoses problems with equipment; provides technical advice; and ensures the highest quality product is produced.
2. Solves problems by determining the problem source, modifying processes or adjusting equipment; performs routine and advanced maintenance actions; schedules vendor maintenance actions; contacts service representatives; and trains with other staff to ensure proper equipment operation.
3. Administers a scheduled maintenance program for all equipment; determines scheduled maintenance requirements and either performs or directs all maintenance activities and contractors.
4. Inspects incoming job requests and artwork; provides cost and material specifications; monitors work in progress and coordinates workflow to maintain efficiency; interfaces with customer departments and contractors to ensure satisfactory job completion.
5. Assists in performing quality control inspections of all work at multiple stages of production from setup to final distribution; reviews quality control problems and recommends solutions and procedures as required.
6. Establishes stocking levels and ensures proper stock is on hand; orders supplies and materials required; pulls stock and prepares it or assists operators in preparing and cutting stock for the requested job.
7. Trains other staff in all areas of equipment operation as well as new technology and processes; provides input and recommendation for internal procedures or updates to procedures.
8. Assists the Reprographics Supervisor in making recommendations regarding equipment, material, and staffing requirements.


1. Four years of experience operating offset equipment, including high-speed copiers, pre-press setup and plate-making, and post-press bindery operation; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Offset Equipment Operator with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Desirable Qualifications: Experience maintaining offset equipment, including high-speed copiers and post press bindery equipment.

Knowledge of: operation and maintenance of offset presses, bindery, high-speed copiers, step and repeat cameras, plate-making equipment, and associated reprographics technologies; paper styles, grains, and cutting methods; camera and image composition equipment and processes; ink weights and grade, chemicals, supplies, cleanup, and usage procedures.

Ability to: diagnose problems with equipment and perform corrective action or coordinate with service personnel to effect quick and effective problem resolution; perform basic arithmetic calculations to correctly direct cutting of parent stock into final sizes; formulate training materials and implement staff training; work effectively with others; estimate stock usage and order replacement stock; maintain complete and correct records.

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 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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