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First Press Operator, $19-$24/hour


This is a Contract position in Hidalgo, IL posted February 14, 2020.

Our massive Pressroom horsepower features cutting-edge equipment and technology, ranging from web offset and gravure to the latest digital presses. We’re a collaborative team of “can do” people. We take great pride in our work, and are passionate about quality, safety and the customer experience.

Position Overview:


Quad is seeking a full-time Offset First Press Operator. The incumbent is responsible for operating or assisting in operating the web offset presses and will play an essential role in helping Quad/Graphics reduce the cost of errors, achieve client satisfaction and creating a safe and hazard free workplace. This position is a leadership role and will assist in directing the work the work activities of the press team members to ensure productivity, quality and safety goals are met.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Follow all safety policies and procedures
  • Operate and maintain press and all auxiliary equipment while guiding team to meet and exceed production standards and maintaining customer quality requirements
  • Keep accurate records of all delay time during shift
  • Adhere to all current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Know set-up and maintenance procedures for entire press
  • Troubleshoot unit and folder problems with minimum delay time
  • Troubleshoot reel and stacker problems with minimum delay time
  • Attain and maintain proper ink and water balance
  • Keep ongoing list of maintenance issues to be addressed during next scheduled maintenance, one list for all crews
  • Direct crew to specific duties during scheduled maintenance
  • Check and set rollers, change if necessary
  • Communicate with Supervisors on any problems developing to help determine the best time to correct and prioritize
  • Read entire job ticket; special instructions, ink colors, paper brand, basis weight, etc.
  • Perform needed maintenance during any delay time Knowledge of post folder equipment and proper set up
  • Plan ahead for 2-color and 4-color make ready, allow ink levels to run down
  • Monitor and maintain constant ink densities per customer specifications
  • Attend all Operators meetings
  • Work with urgency, when press is down, to maintain production requirements
  • Continue learning new and improved processes to achieve increased production
  • Responsible for promoting, enforcing and sustaining Safety, 6S and Lean programs and look for ways to improve the operation.
  • Responsible for the ongoing training and development of other Pressroom personnel
  • Assist Supervisors in documenting and improving procedures and processes by offering ideas and suggestions
  • Assist Supervisors in providing feedback for employee evaluations
  • Facilitate teamwork among team members and between shifts
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • 3+ Years Press experience
  • Able to lift and move 50 pounds or more repeatedly
  • Able to stand for 12 hours
  • Detailed knowledge of offset printing process
  • This position requires the ability to work a 12 hour rotating shift (7:00am to 7:00pm or 7:00pm to 7:00am) including days, nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as necessary
  • Ability to read, write and perform math operations
  • Ability to distinguish colors accurately
  • Ability to apply written and verbal instructions for machine set-up.
  • Good interpersonal skills to effectively interact and guide team members
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Must demonstrate reliability through attendance, punctuality and ability to stay in work area
  • Must be able to foster team cooperation and support supervisors
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to work overtime as needed