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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 2448


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Salary Range 13 $2379 $2464 $2557 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382


The OFFSET PRESS OPERATOR 2 sets up, operates, and maintains single and double head, manual and automated presses, plate makers, and related bindery equipment to produce a variety of printed materials in an agency or in a printing plant.


This is the second of a three-level series of classes. It is distinguished from the lower level by work with a greater variety in paper stock used, more frequent and complex multicolor work produced, and the use of a greater variety of related equipment. It is distinguished from the higher level by the absence of administrative duties.


  1. Make Ready. Typical tasks: reviews work orders to decide on order in which jobs will be done based on due dates and similarity in setups required; reviews individual job orders to determine client specifications; if necessary, obtains clarification of order from supervisor or client; if order is not accompanied by a plate, examines copy furnished and may do basic cut and paste at light table to produce camera-ready copy of text and graphics; may find it necessary to enhance parts of copy or graphics through use of hand tools, inks, and related equipment; may correct or enhance copy by use of screens, masks, or replacement of standard graphic materials (seals, emblems); exposes copy in plate processor or camera to produce printing plate; cleans press cylinders(s), blankets, and other parts; mixes and loads correct ink and water solution; sets press to correct size and pressure for paper to be run; mounts plate(s); makes test run to determine quality of register and makes final adjustments to press and fonts.
  2. Press Run. Typical tasks: starts press and monitors run to assure consistent quality in job; makes minor adjustments to press or fonts as needed; periodically pulls sheets of printed paper to review for consistency in impressions; on two, three, or four color runs, offloads run, thoroughly cleans cylinders, blankets, other press parts; changes ink and water solution (may have to mix color); mounts plate(s) and makes critical adjustments to accommodate next color run, then test runs a few sheets to check on and adjust to quality required; may offload completed runs to collator/stapler equipment or route directly to bindery or client as appropriate; removes and disposes of plate or cleans, treats and files plate as appropriate; reviews next job order and does necessary make-ready.
  3. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: maintains accurate records of time and production as required; maintains files of plates for repeat jobs; orders paper, ink, and other supplies as needed; performs preventive and corrective maintenance and minor repairs on all equipment used; notifies supervisor or leadworker of any equipment or related production problems when necessary; clarifies any unclear job orders with supervisor or client when necessary; maintains clean and safe working environment at all times; may manually or by machine collate completed work; may manually or by machine fold and staple finished jobs; may drill completed jobs for two or three ring binder use; may operate power paper cutter to obtain correct stock size or order special size stock from bindery; may provide assistance in other production areas when needed (bindery, shipping, mail, etc.).

Some positions in this class will operate and maintain cameras, vacuum printers, and related equipment to produce metal plates.


Employees in this class will have regular in-person or telephone contact with other units (bindery, plateroom, shipping, mail) to coordinate production. There may be occasional telephone or in person contact with clients to clarify orders or with other agency staff to order supplies.


Employees in this class receive general supervision from a unit supervisor who routes, prioritizes, and assigns work. Guidance is provided by specific production information on job-order tickets, unit or plant operating manuals including standards of quality and timeliness, and equipment operation and maintenance manuals. Clarification of production problems is normally provided by the unit supervisor.


Positions are primarily found in a printing plant. They require the willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location.


Successful work experience or training providing the individual with:

  • Working knowledge of the set up, operation, adjustment and maintenance of single and double head offset presses;
  • Working knowledge of the characteristics of papers and inks used in offset printing;
  • Working knowledge of photographic principles used in platemaking;
  • Skill in the set up, operation, and adjustment of single and double headed offset presses.