Print Press Operator

Title:  Print Press Operator
Department: Production
Employment Status: Full time
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Work Schedule: 1st or 2nd Shift 

Position Summary:

The purpose of this position is to setup and operate the printing press accurately to ensure the quality of products produced meets customers’ specifications.

Essential Functions:

  • Read and understand instructions provided with the production ticket
  • Image print plates
  • Setup the press to match and hold color standard expectations per customer approved proofs and drawdowns
  • Minimize setup and run waste
  • Strive to continuously improve best rates
  • Complete job tickets and recap forms accurately
  • Basic day to day maintenance such as changing printing and coating blankets, cleaning cloths, and lubrication


1. Housekeeping – Tour Ready Daily

2. Proficient in set-up and operation of printing press to match color standards

3. Maximize production speed while minimizing waste          


  • Must be able to work with independently with minimal supervision
  • Must have mechanical aptitude to troubleshoot minor press issues
  • Must be able to pass a color test
  • Must exhibit the following competencies: Job Knowledge:  Competent in required job skills and knowledge.  Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills.   Displays understanding of how job relates to others.  Uses resources effectively.
  1. Job Knowledge:  Competent in required job skills and knowledge.  Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills.   Displays understanding of how job relates to others.  Uses resources effectively.
  • Quantity of Work:  Meets productivity standards.  Completes work in a timely manner.  Strives to increase productivity.
  • Quality of Work:  Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.  Displays a commitment to excellence.  Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.  Applies management feedback to improve performance.  Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out written or oral instructions  Ability to use sound judgment, utilizing QPI procedures and policies, when making decisions.
  • Communication: Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally and in written form.  Exhibits good listening and comprehension.  Keeps print/diecut employees adequately informed.
  • Dependability: Responds to request from supervisor and team.  Follows instructions, responds to senior management direction.  Takes responsibility for own actions.  Commitment to doing the best job possible.  Meets attendance and punctuality guidelines.
  • Teamwork: Establishes and maintains effective relations.  Exhibits tact, consideration, and openness to others’ views.  Balances team and individual responsibility.  Gives and welcomes feedback.  Contributes to building a positive team spirit and puts success of team above own interests.
  • Innovation: Displays original thinking and creativity.  Meets challenges with resourcefulness.  Generates suggestions for improving work.
  • Initiative: Volunteers readily, undertakes and seeks increased responsibilities.
  1. Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands.  Accepts criticism and feedback.


High School Diploma or GED is required.

Work Environment:

This position is routinely required to work in an environment that is moderately noisy.  Hearing protection is required in the pressroom.

Physical Demands:

This position is required to stand and walk all of the time.  This position is required to use hands to finger, handle or touch more than 2/3 of the time.  This position does require the individual to lift up to 25 lbs.

The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Position may require the ability to work before or after normal business hours to accommodate customer needs.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. QPI reserves the right to make changes to the job description at any time based on business needs. It is the employee’s responsibility to come forward and inform their supervisor of any significant changes that may have been made to the job description to ensure changes are updated and agreed to.

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