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Working As An Offset Press Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $42,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Offset Press Operator Do At Quad/Graphics

* Operate and maintain press and all auxiliaryequipment while guiding team to meet and exceed production standards andmaintaining customer quality requirements
* Follow all safety policies and procedures
* Keep accurate records of all delay time duringshift
* Adhere to all current Standard OperatingProcedures (SOPs)
* Know set-up and maintenance procedures forentire press
* Troubleshoot unit and folder problems withminimum delay time
* Troubleshoot reel and stacker problems withminimum delay time
* Attain and maintain proper ink and water balance
* Keep ongoing list of maintenance issues to beaddressed during next scheduled maintenance, one list for all crews
* Direct crew to specific duties during scheduledmaintenance
* Check and set rollers, change if necessary
* Communicate with Supervisors on any problemsdeveloping to help determine the best time to correct and prioritize
* Read entire job ticket; special instructions,ink colors, paper brand, basis weight, etc.
* Perform needed maintenance during any delay timeKnowledge of post folder equipment and proper set up
* Plan ahead for 2-color and 4-color make ready,allow ink levels to run down
* Monitor and maintain constant ink densitie percustomer specifications
* Attend all Operators meetings
* Work with urgency, when press is down, tomaintain production requirements
* Continue learning new and improved processes toachieve increased production
* Responsible for promoting, enforcing andsustaining Safety, 6S and Lean programs and look for ways to improve theoperation.
* Responsible for the ongoing training anddevelopment of other Pressroom personnel
* Assist Supervisors in documenting and improvingprocedures and processes by offering ideas and suggestions
* Assist Supervisors in providing feedback foremployee evaluations
* Facilitate teamwork among team members andbetween shifts
* Perform other duties as assigned

What Does An Offset Press Operator Do At Ashton Potter

* including, but not limited to)
* Makes ready and operates 6 or 10 unit offset web press to print high quality secure documents
* Performs, under supervision of Lead Press Operator, the operation of the press to produce product that conforms to customer/company quality standards
* Has experience with achieving a color match, image registration, adjusting ink keys, ink, and water balance and can troubleshoot problems associated with those skills
* Performs work in accordance with Ashton Potter Quality Management System
* Sets up, maintains, reworks, and changes numbering machines accurately as and if necessary
* Makes minor machine adjustments and performs minor maintenance
* Performs an overall visual quality check of the printed material
* Completes production, accountability, and quality reporting and related maintenance
* Able to perform/meet standards in production, quality, and attendance
* Performs other related duties as assigned by management
* Cleans, inspects, and lubricates moving parts of press
* Perform tasks safely and in accordance with Ashton Potter health and safety, attendance, and other company policies and procedures.
* Requirements
* High school diploma or general education degree (GED)
* MUST have a minimum of 5 years press experience and/or training

What Does An Offset Press Operator Do At Multi Packaging Solutions

duties as assigned

What Does An Offset Press Operator Do At Quad/Graphics

* Responsiblefor the overall safety of the entire press crew.
* Including but notlimited to: Following lock out tag out procedures, maintaining properplacement of machine guards, ensuring Personal ProtectiveEquipment (PPE) is properly worn, following and enforcing Quad/GraphicsSafety rules, performs and/or oversees all tasks associated with operatingthe press equipment in support of the production goals related to safety,setup, line speed, waste, web breaks and down time.
* Inspectsprinted quality of jobs including folds, cleanliness, color andregistration.
* Ensures thatthe press is re-webbed correctly, safely and accurately.
* Serves asthe leader for assigned equipment and crew and directs the work of crewmembers
* Supports thePressroom Supervisor by providing instruction, training and guidance tocrew members.
* Follow allsafety regulations and encourages safe work habits from press crew.
* Participatein accident investigations if crew members become injured

What Does An Offset Press Operator Do At Quad/Graphics

* To understand and follow all standard operating and safety procedures
* Must verify size, color, type of paper and color of ink from job order
* Responsible for color or register with demonstrated proficiency
* Monitors roll reports for accuracy as directed by the Operator
* Inspects printed sheets visually after registration or position printing and readjusts guides and controls to rectify spacing errors, irregular ink distribution, faulty cuts or folds
* Safely assists in unlocking plates and replacing with makeover plates according to directions marked on plate regarding location and time of printing
* May rethread paper through press if web breaks and readjusts tension rollers
* Provides direction, training and guidance to junior crewmembers
* May be designated Tension Regulator when installing paper rolls in press and adjusting controls to regulate tension of paper; or specified color registration
* Follows all company safety regulations and encourages safe work habits from other crewmembers
* Maintain a clean and orderly work area
* Performs other duties as assigned
* Qualifications
* Candidates must have prior Press experience

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Average Length of Employment
Offset Pressman 10.7 years
Printing Pressman 8.7 years
Pressman 8.3 years
Web Press Operator 6.1 years
2nd Pressman 5.2 years
Press Technician 4.1 years
Printer Operator 3.8 years
Press Operator 3.7 years
Press Helper 2.5 years
Press Assistant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Offset Press Operator
Pressman 5.8%
Manager 4.7%
Operator 3.6%
Assistant 3.2%
Top Careers After Offset Press Operator
Operator 6.2%
Manager 4.7%
Pressman 4.0%
Supervisor 3.4%
Owner 2.8%

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Top Skills for An Offset Press Operator

  1. Offset Press
  2. Ink Fountains
  3. Bindery Machines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lubricated and cleaned offset press to ensure efficient operation.
  • Clean ink fountains, plates, or printing unit cylinders when press runs are completed.
  • Operate and AB Dick 360 2-color Printing Press.
  • Operated and maintained a Ryobi offset press - Performed other shop duties as needed
  • Assisted in other areas such as helper on 6 color press, screen printing, and digital printing.

Offset Press Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

74.9%

Female

14.0%

Unknown

11.1%
Ethnicity

White

66.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.4%

Swedish

14.3%

Japanese

14.3%

Offset Press Operator Education

Schools

Fox Valley Technical College

9.1%

Triton College

6.8%

Macomb Community College

6.8%

College of Lake County

4.5%

Miami University

4.5%

Lakeshore Technical College

4.5%

Community College of Denver

4.5%

Bellevue College

4.5%

Texas Tech University

4.5%

Community College of Allegheny County

4.5%

Front Range Community College

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.5%

Northern Kentucky University

4.5%

Waukesha County Technical College

4.5%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.5%

Trident Technical College

4.5%

Pikes Peak Community College

4.5%

South Central College

4.5%

Cuyahoga Community College

4.5%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.5%
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Majors

Graphic Communications

22.6%

Graphic Design

17.8%

Business

13.5%

General Studies

6.7%

Management

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Education

3.4%

Communication

3.4%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Photography

2.4%

Drafting And Design

1.9%

Design And Visual Communication

1.9%

Fine Arts

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Architecture

1.9%

Early Childhood Education

1.4%

English

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

48.8%

Associate

22.1%

Certificate

12.0%

Bachelors

11.4%

Masters

2.7%

Diploma

2.7%

Doctorate

0.3%
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