Press Operator
E. W. Scripps Company - Redding, CA

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Primary Purpose:

Performs routine work within the technical area of the Press department for production of daily newspaper and all other printed products Learn and understand all press room safety rules including chemical safety, hearing conservation, plate handling, etc.

Must become proficient in basic newspaper printing techniques, understanding basic ink/water balance, press quality standards (Specifications for Newsprint Advertising Production [SNAP]

Key Activities:

Certification standards as they apply to the press department or comparable as assigned), and use of densitometer. Read press diagrams accurately. Must be able to safely operate fork lift and clamp truck. Place newsprint rolls in lay-down area, strip rolls, removing wrappers and waste from reel room area.

Must become proficient in basic reel room operations and procedures. This includes paper handling (loading form lay-down area to roll carts or utilizing automated roll handling system), position and load into press reels while understanding proper spindle arm settings, and make-up of splice/paster patterns.

Properly clean, mount, and remove press blankets (plate cushions for Flexo) and press ink/water rollers. This involves understanding proper torque settings and blanket height and range, as well as durometer (hardness) measurements for rollers.

Properly spot and mount plates to achieve proper continuity and color registration.

Conduct and document daily, weekly, and monthly routine maintenance and cleaning of press, including ink fountains.

Submits accurate, effective reports in a timely fashion as required.

Participates in monthly Press departmental safety meetings.

Keeps press production area safe, clean, and organized.

Correctly handles recyclable materials (as assigned) to receive best overall recovery of salvageable materials.

Works well with employees of the press department and other departments.

Handles all other duties as assigned.

Experience/Certifications

No prior newspaper press department experience required.

Must be able to train for and pass fork lift and clamp truck certification.

GED/ High School Diploma

Skills & Abilities

Good problem solving and basic math skills. Good people skills. Must be able to work well and constantly communicate (both written and verbally). Must be able to work in a fast paced environment and meet all deadlines. Must have solid organizational and computer skills including good working knowledge of general business and graphics software programs.

Must be able to repeatedly climb stairs as required for newspaper printing presses.

Must be able to stand for long periods of time.

Must be able to push and load newsprint rolls weighing approximately 2,000 pounds.

Must be able to work in inky, oily, and greasy environment.

Exposure to heights.

Exposure to paper dust.

Exposure to constant machine noise

Frequent lifting of 25 to 50 pounds.

Specificsrequired: vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and accurate color vision.

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