Press Operator 1 ()

Review electronic files that are received from clients and check them for thoroughness and completeness in advance of the plate making process. Using electronic page layout software (desktop publishing software) manipulate the format of the print job to the dimensions of the paper. Determine page layout, accounting for folds, trims, bleeds and gripper, and add crop marks and color bars as necessary. Identify missing or problematic components and communicate them to the CSR, customer, and production personnel. Work directly with CSR, customer, and production personnel as necessary to work out any problems with the job. Load customer supplied electronic files for output, onto the Pre-Press file server. Create an electronic image of the pages to create manufacturing proofs used by the Press and Bind operators during the manufacturing process. May prepare color proofs for customer review.
Must be able to work with various graphic design and layout software applications commonly used on Mac's and PC's. Good understanding of digital file formats (pdf, tiff, eps) from different operating systems (Mac and PC) is required. Basic color management skills and the ability to work with different digital formats are required. Must have the ability to output digital files to various output devices; must have the ability to continue to learn and use new graphics software on an ongoing basis. Must have an understanding of the offset printing process and how one color affects another. Mechanical skills using small hand tools in order to make minor repairs and perform maintenance on a flatbed scanner, image setter, and automated film processing equipment is required.
Required Skills
Requires thorough knowledge of offset printing procedures, materials and specifications, equipment, and safety requirements and skills to perform assignments. Must be able to read and understand job specifications and have knowledge of press capabilities to determine: appropriate press usage, press settings and materials needed to run the job successfully. Must be able to perform routine operational maintenance of equipment.
Required Experience
Must have strong experience as a sheet fed press operator, in a high quality commercial printing operation, with presses of 40" or greater and 6 colors or greater.

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