PREPRESS FILE PREP TECHNICIAN

Job Summary: Prepare customer supplied electronic files for output using software on the Macintosh and Windows OS platforms. Maintain equipment within the department.

Report To: Prepress Supervisor

Lean Expectations (Each employment anniversary year):

  1. Participate in at least two hours of educational experience (s) such as job shadowing, technical skills training, cross training, webinars, seminars, Lean networking tours, etc.
  2. Implement at least one improvement idea.

Production Duties:

  1. Tasks:
    • Read workorder as well as all notes and instructions (customer notes, digital paperwork, etc.).
    • Check document size and margins.
    • Check document colors (process or spot). Fix any unused or extra colors in document.
    • Check and extend bleed allowances as necessary.
    • Verify that fonts are working properly/troubleshoot when necessary.
    • Verify that graphics and images process correctly/troubleshoot when necessary.
    • Make necessary adjustments in order for the document to refine/RIP correctly.
    • Save pages as PDF or Encapsulated PostScript for the intended workflow.
    • Process files through Prinergy or Rampage. Adjust trap as needed.
    • Perform basic troubleshooting of files that error throughout the workflow.
    • Work directly with CSR, Preflight, Job Planner etc. to resolve issues/problems.
    • Maintain all equipment related to department
    • Follow all required safety procedures such as: PPE's, Ergonomics, Chemical Hazards, etc. Perform job in a manner that protects the health and safety of all employees. See safety manual for additional safety requirements.
  2. Skills required
    • Working knowledge of the Macintosh and Windows operating systems.
    • Working knowledge of the following software:
      • Adobe Acrobat
      • Adobe Acrobat Distiller
      • Adobe InDesign
      • Adobe Illustrator
      • Adobe PageMaker
      • Adobe Photoshop
      • ATM
      • CorelDRAW
      • Enfocus PitStop
      • Extensis Suitcase
      • Internet Explorer web browser
      • Markzware FlightCheck
      • MS Excel
      • MS Publisher
      • MS Word
      • OneVision Asura
      • OneVision Speedflow Check
      • OneVision Speedflow Edit
      • Prinergy
      • Prinergy InSite
      • QuarkXPress
      • Rampage
      • Rampage Remote
      • Safari web browser
      • ShopStation
      • Stuff-It
      • WinZip
    • Working knowledge of font handling and troubleshooting.
    • Working knowledge of digital workflow and trapping.
    • Working knowledge of bindery and press specifications and mail specifications (drill allowance, margins, bleeds etc.).
    • Working knowledge of PDF creation.
    • Understanding of printing process.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  1. Check accuracy of covalent sheet daily.
  2. Attend Prepress CI meetings.
  3. Maintain digital paperwork.
  4. Identify when pre/post proof alterations estimate forms are necessary.
  5. Review web/sheet stripping report and prepress schedule daily for job priority.
  6. Utilize error log books for all equipment.

Management of Personnel Responsibilities: Not applicable

Other Responsibilities:

  1. General sweeping and cleaning of respective work area and department.
  2. Perform/maintain prepress 5S duties.
  3. Perform other duties as directed.

Job Qualifications:

  1. Working knowledge of Macintosh and Windows operating systems
  2. Familiarity of page layout, image manipulation, drawing and PDF handling software.
  3. Previous experience or education in Graphic Arts.
  4. Demonstrate good attention to detail.
  5. Demonstrate good judgement regarding positioning requirements.
  6. Demonstrate troubleshooting skills.
  7. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  8. Strong mathematical skills.
  9. Be able to read a ruler and convert fractions to decimals.
  10. Work effectively without direct supervision.
  11. Ability to learn quickly.
  12. Ability to understand new concepts.
  13. Work overtime as needed.

Published on Friday, March 15, 2013 (updated 05/31/2014)