Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

TITLE: Press Operator

CLASS: Classified




Under the direction of graphic services management, provides operation and general maintenance of larger format non-automated offset presses. Produces multi-colored printed materials for internal and external use in support of the college's instructional, administrative and marketing activities while meeting tight deadlines. Incumbent employs well-developed verbal skills to present and exchange technical or complex information with college faculty and staff, commercial vendors and equipment maintenance contractors. Work results impact the accuracy, reliability and acceptability of further results beyond the immediate work section. May be assigned to lead and review the work of bindery/duplicator operators and student workers. Responsible for performing work requiring advanced job skills and for responding to work situations with minimum guidance and direction.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES: (Includes some or all of the following)

  1. Maintains and operates complex machinery to create printed materials, including the larger format offset presses, platemaker, high-speed copy machine, folder, cutter and collator.
  2. Prepares pre-press layout and plates, and sets up and mixes inks to match standards.
  3. Provides routine maintenance and cleaning of equipment. Arranges for repairs from commercial sources as necessary.
  4. Consults with designers/artists, scheduler and college staff ensuring correct layout, adequate timelines, paper availability, correct ink color and bindery specifications.
  5. Independently determines work flow and priorities in order to meet client deadlines.
  6. Monitors appropriate usage of materials concerning copyright laws and Graphic Services' policies.
  7. Leads and reviews the work of other bindery/duplicator operators and student workers.
  8. Maintains inventory and requests supplies for the press room.
  9. Provides backup for smaller floor model press and bindery/duplicator equipment as needed.
  10. Performs related recordkeeping accurately which includes but is not limited to production records and job information.
  11. Maintains work site in a safe manner including safe use of printing inks and hazardous chemicals.
  12. Maintains current knowledge of technical aspects of the printing process and supplies.
  13. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Job requires regular work hours with some overtime. Work pressure due to volume of work and tight deadlines. Work is performed with frequent exposure to ventilation problems, noise extremes and hazardous chemicals and solvents.


Position requires extended standing, heavy lifting and operation of demanding equipment.


High school diploma or equivalent. Associate's degree in Printing Technology or related area may substitute for up to two years of the experience requirement which is not defined as PCC Press Operator I experience. Three years of offset press experience with hands-on use of equipment. One year of the experience requirement must have been at the level of press work described in the PCC Press Operator I classification. Knowledge of prep work; working knowledge of a wide range of printing equipment, materials and supplies; ability to perform work independently.

REV: 06/21/98

REPLACES: Press Operator II, Gr. 18, 01-14-93