PaperWorks Industries

Offset Press Operator Assistant

Job Locations US-NC-Mount Gilead
Job ID 2020-1789
Hourly Production & Manufacturing


The Offset Press Operator Assistant is responsible for producing quality printed products within production standard guidelines and customer specifications.


  • Assume proper operating procedures for the printing presses.
  • Adhere to all quality assurance specifications and color standard procedures; inform Press Supervisor of any problems/variances.
  • Learn and fill in all applicable areas of the job jacket, enter information on the waste form and job control procedure sheet.
  • Check cut order against the number of printed press sheets.
  • Practice total line clearance when jobs are complete, enforce same procedure to Press Helper.
  • Responsible for the efficient output and quality work standards of the Press Assistant Operator.
  • Operate printing presses per job specifications, production codes, and quantity output when operator is off the press.
  • Perform necessary machine adjustments for proper quality and efficient production output.
  • Execute press checks, pull press sheets every 500th sheet and pull sheets every 1000th for comparison of color standard to ok’d press sheet.
  • Place cut down sheets in proper storage area after job completion.
  • Ensure press sheets are checked for correct position, dryness, registration, hickies, wash out, scumming, and marks, coating pattern.
  • Mark and record impressions on every 1000th sheet
  • Determine proper skid height from amount of ink coverage and assure press helper maintains the height.
  • Make certain all printed skids have load tickets/hold tickets attached; job number, operator’s initials and time printed and any non-conformance samples and information.
  • Confirm that printed skids are in correct holding area and in job unitization.
  • Administer daily plate checks for each job.
  • Examine each job for offset.
  • Mount press plates for production, return used plates and die vinyl to holding area.
  • Use correct die vinyl.
  • Conduct press approvals for Sales and/or customers for new items when applicable.
  • Apply press powder to printed sheets daily and correctly as needed
  • Require all samples/proofs adhere to job specifications.
  • Perform preventative maintenance schedules when warranted.
  • Inform Press Supervisor of mechanical problems on press.
  • Perform proper procedures for 2-pass production job runs.
  • Deliver job jacket to next cost center upon job completion.


  • High school diploma or GED preferred.
  • 2 years’ experience  working on a printing press.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong mathematical, computer and reading skills.
  • Must possess a positive attitude.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to thirty (30) pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds.


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