4-Color Offset Press Operator

Crane & Co., Inc., a premier manufacturer of fine stationery and currency papers, currently has an opening for a 4-Color Offset Press Operator at Crane's Personal Design Services, located in North Adams. This position is on the 1st shift (7:00 am – 3:30 pm).

The Offset Press Operator assists in the daily production of customer orders by operating advanced offset printing presses to ensure consistent, high quality standards and achieving departmental commitments to print and finish various semi-finished and finished products. These products are manufactured according to complex printing specifications and requirements that include single and multi-color units, multi-color and complex registration, reverses, traps, screens, and specialty papers, using metal direct plates and a variety of inks and varnishes at speeds consistent with plant standards.

Job Qualifications:

  • Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be able to read, write, keep neat and accurate records, and follow written and verbal instructions
  • Minimum 3 years press or equivalent experience preferred
  • Comprehensive understanding of printing process and paper and ink characteristics
  • Ability to read a ruler and line gauge
  • Ability to perform clerical and arithmetic skills; must be able to compute basic math problems
  • Ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn to use computer and production data management system for tracking jobs and timekeeping
  • Ability to independently solve problems
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility in changing routine in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude
  • Must be a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Must be willing to work any shift and overtime as needed
  • Must have maintained a good safety and attendance record with proven work performance in the past
  • Medical certification will be required to ensure the physical capabilities of job performance

Job Responsibilities:

  • Follows procedures and job specifications
  • Checks incoming raw materials, as well as incoming and outgoing work to ensure quality
  • Performs monthly G7 calibration tests
  • Works with Prepress technician for G7 controls
  • Operates press
    • Performs washup of inking trains, blankets and back cylinders
    • Performs makeready (setup):
    • Positions pile of paper in feeder within close tolerances
    • Precisely positions of sheet of paper on registration board
    • Sets delivery
    • Inspects and hangs plates
    • Develops and maintains correct pressure between plate-to-blanket and between blanket-to-back cylinder using various packing products
    • Fills ink fountains
    • Precisely registers image to position on sheet of paper
    • Develops the proper balance between ink and water
    • Obtains run approval
  • During run monitors color, registration, image areas, non-image areas, back side of sheet; uses densitometer and records readings to G7 standards; Re-fills fountains (ink and water)
  • At completion of run removes plates, performs washup
  • Maintains work area in a clean, safe and orderly condition
  • Mixes ink according to set formulas to obtain desired color
  • Mixes chemicals according to set formulas to obtain correct run balance
  • Records job transactions in production data systems through scanning and direct data entry
  • Maintains logs and transactional paperwork
  • Monitors incoming, unscheduled work and assures that presswork is completed according to specification and in a timely manner
  • Repairs and changes blankets
  • Monitors supplies and requisitions in a timely manner
  • Maintains equipment at regularly scheduled intervals and according to manufacturer's specifications and recommendations
  • Moves material and semi-finished products to/from other manufacturing areas using appropriate equipment
  • Observes recycling guidelines
  • Reports waste and spoilage daily in accord with procedure
  • Must be willing to move up through the lines of progression
  • Must be willing to work in any Company area or location as needed
  • Must be willing to work any shift and overtime as needed
  • Must be able to travel overnight for extended periods of time for training purposes
  • Must provide and maintain a permanent phone number where you can be reached in the event of a business need
  • Adhere to Company safety policies and procedures, assuring good judgment and care are exercised for the prevention of accidents and personal injury
  • Follow the basic "Employee Responsibilities" for conduct that applies to all employees of Crane & Co., Inc.

Please send resume and cover letter to careers@crane.com.

Employment Specialist
Crane & Co.
EOE M/F/D/V​​​