University System of Maryland

         Job Class Specification

FLSA: NONEXEMPT                                JOB TYPE: SYSTEMWIDE
EEO6:  H60                                     JOB FAMILY/SERIES: PRT     
IPED-SOC: 51-5110
APPROVED BY: Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg  EFFECTIVE DATE: 07/01/1996


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 photolithography work.

6. Prepares and maintains production records, inventory and press supplies.

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.


Candidates selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries and/or medical examinations to determine ability to perform the job.

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