Under general supervision, produces line, halftone and color
reproduction negatives, image assembly and plates for offset printing.
1. Performs pre-press technical activities related to offset
printing. Prepares line, halftone and color reproduction
negatives from photographs and drawings, strips mutli-color work
for presses and produces offset plates.
2. Photographs illustrations and artwork as well as produces film
used in preparation of offset printing plates.
3. Performs exposure tests to determine line, halftone and color
reproduction exposure lengths for various photographic factors
such as halftones, screens, films and light intensity.
4. Measures original layouts and determines proportions needed to
make reduced or enlarged photographic prints for paste-up.
5. Responds to inquiries and requests from clients, printers, and
artists and provides technical advice and information on
6. Prepares and maintains production records, inventory and press
7. Ensures the operational readiness and safety of equipment; cleans,
adjusts and makes minor repairs.
8. Operates standard equipment such as process cameras, film and
plate processors, exposure computers, densitometers, register
punches and plate makers.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED
EXPERIENCE: Four years pre-press photolithography experience, two
years of which must have involved image assembly.
Thorough knowledge of and skill in pre-press photolithography
functions and techniques. General knowledge of offset printing
operations and equipment. Skill in performing image assembly; in
preparing negatives and halftones; in producing offset plates.
Ability to operate related cameras and processing equipment; to mix
and prepare required chemicals; to lift, transport, and stock
photolithography supplies, materials, and equipment; to make minor
repairs to equipment; to wear and work in personal protective
equipment; to perceive normal color spectrum; to communicate
effectively; to establish and maintain effective work relationships.
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Candidates selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries
and/or medical examinations to determine ability to perform the job.