This is printing work operating and maintaining offset presses, digital printers and copiers and laminators of moderate to large sizes. An employee in this class performs duties within a diversified printing operation, utilizing presses, digital printers and copiers that possess a maximum sheet size capacity equivalent to moderate or large size stock. Assignments include pasting, stripping, padding, drilling, folding, platemaking, bindery and multi-color reproduction. This class is differentiated from the next lower class in the series by the responsibility for engaging in multicolor reproduction which involves half-tone, solid line copy and close registration work, and which requires multiple grades, finishes and weights of stock. Work is performed under the supervision of a printing services supervisor and involves light physical exertion, contact with printing and cleansing solutions and exposure to a noisy environment.


ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be approved for this class.)


                     Positions in this class must perform duties in a diversified printing shop operation.

                     Positions in this class must print complex multi-color items within a maximum sheet size operating a moderate or large size press and use of high speed copiers.




Prints single and multicolor items on a single or multicolor press which involve half-tone, solid line copy and close registration work; mounts paper or metal plate onto a press; cuts size of paper; stacks paper on feeder; positions guides and sets press for size and thickness of paper; adjusts paper holder and pressure valves to hold and regulate flow of speed; mixes two or more colors for a color solution; feeds and controls water and color solution cylinders; regulates and evenly distributes ink flow; aligns plates for half-tone, solid line copy and close registration work; runs test copies for clarity, precision, registration and color quality; makes necessary adjustments to press and runs job; monitors press while in operation; changes color solution and/or mounts paper or metal plate as many times as the number of multiple colors, grades, finishes and prints involved; cleans printing plates and press between color changes, using type cleaner or solvent; removes material item after completion; uses various high speed digital printers and copiers, small and large size laminators, and numbering/perforator/scoring machine.

Performs bindery and shipping work; cuts, folds, drills, mounts, pads, folds and staples materials with use of various binding equipments; packages material items for delivery; loads and unloads material stock from vendor truck; orders parts for various presses and copiers which include drum modules, waste containers, ink, and plate material; communicates with clients to understand their printing needs, and reach out to them once job is completed; sets priorities for work according to the importance and the due date.

Performs minor repairs on printing equipment; cleans water and color solution cylinders; checks component parts of printing equipment such as rollers, pressure valves and water and color solution cylinders for malfunction; cleans and files paper or metal plate after use.

May assist in the revision and/or preparation of various city forms and production specifications; reviews source document for accuracy and completeness; describes and/or designates types of materials, paper sizes, type of ink, special features and packing arrangements for source document; converts hard copy materials into electronic format utilizing various software; prepares paper reimbursement form at the end of fiscal year for supervisor review.

Performs related work as required.






         the operation of offset presses, single or multicolor duplicating machines and platen and cylinder letterpresses.

         the various kinds of paper, inks, chemicals and other materials used in offset printing and duplicating work.

         the methods and techniques involved in offset printing and duplicating work.

         the various weights, grades and finishes involved in complex multicolor reproduction.




         the operation of offset presses and duplicating machines and platen and cylinder letterpresses.

         the operation of various bindery machines.

         making paper or metal plates.

         production of high quality prints.




         learn complex multicolor reproduction on a variety of medium and large size printing and duplicating equipment.

         mix and match inks and adjust fountain to proper flow and distribution.

         clean and perform minor repairs on printing equipment.

         produce high quality printing.

         clean, oil and perform minor repairs on printing and duplicating equipment.

         understand and follow oral and written instructions.

         review source documents and/or prepare production specifications

         use various software to design and format documents


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 11/91.)




Education equivalent to the completion of the twelfth school grade.






One year of experience in the operation of offset printing and duplicating machines.






Two years of offset printing experience which has included multicolor reproduction.


Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources which has included the specific experience.


NOTE: Completion of a Vocational or Trade school training program in multi-color reproduction may be substituted for one year of the specific experience.




Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.


Class Established: CSC - 11/67; Ad. Board - 12/67

Spec. Revision: CSC - 11/91; Ad. Board - 12/91

Latest Spec Revision: CSC 6/15; Ad. Board 6/15