Web Press Operator

Winchester, VA | Machine Operator

Post Date: 05/10/2017 Industry: Warehouse Pay Rate: $18-23/hr.

Responsible for production, quality, safety, crew training and maintenance on 1/color web offset press; producing folded 16 to 32 page signatures. Responsible for day to day management of 3 person press crew.

  • Directs day to day operations of press crew (roll tender and stacker)
  • Look over job schedule to assure proper materials are ready
  • Coordinate with bindery, prepress and material control personnel to ensure that jobs are done in a timely fashion to support bindery operations
  • Check plates, paper and ink for each job
  • Perform make ready operations, including size changes, rough front, collect and non-collect, and Smyth sewn jobs
  • Check form to work order for proper pagination
  • Maintain correct fold, cut-off, cross alignment, back up and density levels for each customer's specifications. Ensure signatures are free of marks, tears or other visible defects
  • Make necessary adjustments to ensure quality customer samples and quality production signatures. Maintain quality throughout the production run
  • Pull quality check sheets to be stamped with operator name, date, time and impression count
  • Assure proper skid tickets are used for samples and production run.
  • Make sure counts are accurate to eliminate overages and underages from form to form
  • Complete all production reports
  • Be able to troubleshoot problems pertaining to press, raw materials, plates, ink and job information
  • (Functions listed above may be performed as many as 40 times per shift, depending on the length of run and job mix.)
  • Performs approximately 90% of mechanical maintenance on the press to maintain quality production
  • Process Improvements: Responsible for striving for continuous improvement of press operation process, specifically:
  • Reduce average make-ready time
  • Reduce make-ready and run waste
  • Work with pressroom management and Technical Services to develop procedures for quality and productivity on increasing complex  jobs such as enamel (coated) inserts and screens and halftones in text signatures


  • Adequate experience in Printing Press field
  • High School Diploma or GED preferred
  • Good communication, leadership and organization skills, mechanical aptitude and ability needed.

  • Some knowledge of computers helpful. Basic use of calculator and knowledge of densitometers required.
  • Can run three single web presses. To reach top of pay scale, must be able to run at least one Timson, one SHM and one Manroland. In addition, must have 1040 hours of operation time on the Lithoman double web press.

  • Alternatively, must be able to operate any six presses, with minimum of 1040 hours of operation time documented on each of the six

12 hour shifts- 7pm -7am 

Benefits included

90-180 day review + Yearly review

Direct Hire opportunity  

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