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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Perform journey-level work in the setup and operation of offset presses capable of four-color processes which have three or more ink form rollers and larger offset presses.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, set up and operate offset presses capable of four-color processes which have three or more ink form rollers and larger offset presses. Set up and and operate a variety of machines such as power cutters, folders, a variety of binding machinery, electronic composing and image setting equipment, horizontal process cameras, and related production equipment. Positions in this class must have a thorough knowledge of at least one of the following categories: Printer (composition and pre-camera layout), Camera/Stripper, Press or Bindery.

Typical Work

Print varied books, catalogs, folders, forms, brochures and other materials by offset and/or letterpress; print four-color process work by offset and one-color silk screen;

Maintain master plate and negative files;

Prepare mechanical and/or electronic layouts, imposition and paste-ups of copy;

Opaque and retouch flats; expose and develop pre-sensitized metal plates;

Trim, fold, stitch, and bind work to finish specifications;

Clean, adjust, oil and participate in simple maintenance on operating equipment including presses, cutters, and folders;
Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of a press operator or lithographer apprenticeship.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class adopted January 3, 1973
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted July 2, 1990.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted October 11, 1996.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 3668) general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

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