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PRODUCTION & PLANT OPERATIONS

premier press tourThe following job descriptions are specific to the printing industry, and we borrowed from our friends at graphicCOMMcentral. They are experts in the printing industry. You can find additional more detailed job summaries at graphicCOMMcentral.

Bindery Worker

The bindery worker typically performs one or more of the following functions: cutting, folding, gathering, collating, trimming, and binding the final printed piece. Most bindery workers must be able to operate various kinds of machinery making ground-level training on each piece of equipment important. Many large printers have computerized bindery systems that automate the bindery process.

Bookbinder (Rapid Trimmer Operator)

Tends the paper cutting machine that cuts the edges of unbound books, magazines, and catalogs to a specified size.

Cutter Operator

The Cutter Operator sets up, adjusts and operates all cutting equipment to prepare product to be collated or bound, ensuring the meeting of customer specifications, in accordance with company policies and procedures.

die cutterDie Cutter / Foil Stamp Operator

Die Cutter/Foil Stamp Operators are responsible for the set-up, operation and will perform other duties as assigned on all complex die cutting/foil stamping machines.

Digital Press Operator

Assures internal and external customer expectations of producing a quality digital print product on schedule are met on a consistent basis by operating the digital print equipment.

Electronic Prepress Technician

The computer has largely been responsible for replacing a number of jobs in prepress—camera operator, platemaker, and film assembler—with a new group of prepress technicians that work almost exclusively on powerful computers with 128 MB or more of RAM and several gigabytes of hard disk storage. Depending on the size of the company, these technicians may perform only basic functions, or they may perform a number of related functions. Among the functions performed in electronic prepress are preflighting, scanning of images, file repair, trapping, imposition, and outputting of film, proofs and plates.

Engineer or Scientist

The engineer designs machinery, and the scientist conducts research in all aspects of the industry such as ink formulation, papermaking, health and safety standards, and quality control. Due to the widespread application of computers in the industry, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and computer specialists are in demand. Included in the group are chemists, physicists, mathematicians, optical engineers, and color specialists.

Folder Operator

Set-up, operate and maintain machine that automatically folds, slits, perforates and/or scores printed sheets in preparation for binding or shipment.

Fulfillment Mail Clerk I

While working under the close direction of the Warehouse/Fulfillment Shift Supervisor or the person in charge, the Fulfillment Mail Clerk I works on fulfilling orders and performing tasks related to becoming a trained Mail Clerk. The person in this position assists with performing the operational functions of the Warehouse/Fulfillment Department, meeting both quality and quantity requirements.

Fulfillment Mail Clerk II

While working under the general direction of the Warehouse/Fulfillment Shift Supervisor or the person in charge, the Fulfillment Mail Clerk II works on fulfilling orders and performs all tasks and elements of work in the operational functions of the Warehouse/Fulfillment Department. The Fulfillment Mail Clerk II assures to meet both the quality and quantity requirements in the operations of the department.

Hand Inserter Operator

Working under the supervision of the Lettershop manager or a shift lead person, the Inserter Operator I operates a 6 station inserter according to specifications on the job ticket.

Inkjet Operator

Working under the supervision of the Lettershop manager or a shift lead person, the Inkjet Operator I is responsible to setup and operate one of the resident inkjet devices according to specifications on the job ticket.

Materials Handlers

Materials handlers are responsible for the loading and unloading of freight cars or trucks and for moving the materials throughout the printing plant. Much of this work is done using forklift trucks, but some manual lifting is required. Many large printers have at least partially automated materials handling by using computerized vehicles to move the materials.

press operatorPress Operator

The press operator is the person who actually runs the printing press, putting “ink on paper,” so to speak. Press operators must know the mechanical workings of the machine, possess good manual dexterity, and think quickly on their feet in order to produce a good quality product. Most new presses have a large number of automated or computerized features; therefore, the press operator must be comfortable around computers. In addition, the so-called digital printing presses are becoming widely available, and the digital-press operator requires an even more extensive computer background.

Production Manager

The production manager or coordinator directs traffic for printing, production, or manufacturing jobs through the plant, making sure that each piece of material gets where it should go at the proper time and in the proper sequence, from the time the job enters the plant until its delivery. Production managers or coordinators should be well-organized individuals, able to plan ahead, foresee and troubleshoot problems, and be level-headed in their dealings.

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