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Job Standard for Printing Technician

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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.

Printing Technician Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 1404
  • Pay Grade: I
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 2
  • Family: Communications & Marketing
  • Function: Publications & Graphics


At the journeyman level, to operate offset printing presses, photolithographic and bindery equipment to produce quality single and multi-color printed material; to perform related work.

Level Scope

Applies skills and job knowledge in area of specialization; may adapt procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet needs of area of specialization; may work on non-routine tasks; resolves issues/makes working decisions within area of specialization or responsibility with minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of: offset printing and photolithographic processes and materials used in line, halftone, and multiple color work.

Experience:operating, adjusting and maintaining offset presses, bindery equipment, and photolithographic cameras; determining proper ink flow and water balance for quality registration; distinguishing colors for mixing and lithography work; determining quality of developed film and plates.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Some positions require experience using networked computerized printing systems and computerized document-inserting technology.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Printing Technician must:

  • Reviews job ticket information and determines machine set-up and supplies needed; sets up and operates offset printing presses to reproduce single and multiple color, line, and halftone material by: mixing ink to specified colors, mounting large plates and masters on press; adjusting and setting controls for precise color registration. Monitors ink and water balance and equipment operation to assure quality product; completes printing orders and/or time sheets and denotes materials used; operates a variety of bindery and collating equipment to assemble and finish product; may set up and operate white printer to reproduce engineering drawing.
  • Operates photolithographic equipment to produce quality negatives, positives, photo mechanical transfers (PMT’s) halftones and plates for reproduction on presses; calibrates, loads and operates photolithographic cameras; selects color filters and changes lens for desired image reproduction; calculates distance and aperture settings; mixes photographic chemicals; makes reductions, enlargements, dylux proofs and color keys; strips, masks and opaques negatives; burns plates using plate burner; develops plates manually; may calibrate and operate microfilm camera and electronic mailing machine.
  • Troubleshoots, diagnoses and repairs machine malfunctions; performs routine cleaning and maintenance on equipment; cleans and files master copies and plates.

35% of Time the Printing Technician

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Printing Technician

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Printing Technician

Career Path

Printing Technician 3, Print Shop Business Assistant

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.