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Title:  Press Operator

Requisition ID:  13945-159

Winston-Salem, NC, US, 27105

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required

The Printing Press Operator is totally responsible for the complete operation of the press. This includes set-up, running, wash-up, maintenance, safety, housekeeping, quality control, production and coordination of work and/or training of the 2nd Press Operator and Helper. Apply QMS principles and techniques effectively.  This role is on 3rd shift, 11 pm to 7 am.  Some overtime is required.


  1. Direct 2nd Press Operator in mounting of plates with proper packing.
  2. Direct 2nd Press Operator in the set-up and loading of feeder. Check feed board and delivery set-up including swing gripper and side guide.
  3. Direct and assist in putting proper ink in fountain.
  4. Set impression cylinders for proper sheet squeeze.
  5. Set anti-offset sprayer to prevent ink offset.
  6. Direct and assist 2nd Press Operator in setting ink fountains and inking of rollers.
  7. Direct and assist 2nd Press Operator in positioning of the image in register and in the proper location on the sheet.
  8. Ensure proper set-up of the delivery to ensure adequate jogging of press sheets and set disc wheels.
  9. Present press sheet to supervisor for approval after assurance of correct position, copy and color match.
  10. set counter, place register mark on plates and follow O.K.’d sheet throughout entire press run.


  1. Maintain proper ink and water levels and printing pressure adjustments.
  2. Check ink color density with densitometer and maintain proper color to match O.K.’d sheet with the assistance of the 2nd Press Operator.
  3. Check to assure proper sheet register throughout press run.
  4. Direct and assure proper sheet register throughout press run.
  5. Utilize maximum running speeds allowed without jeopardizing quality.
  6. Determine frequency and direct all load changes.
  7. Direct and assist proper washing of any or all parts of press to maintain quality.
  8. Run proper quantity to insure delivery requirements as directed by Press Room supervisor.




  1. Direct and assist 2nd Press Operator in proper wash-up of press.
  2. Check and approve proper wash-up of ink fountain, ink and water rollers, blankets and impression cylinder of all units of press.
  3. Assure proper gumming of plates and/or water rollers as necessary.
  4. Obtain job jacket, determine necessary quantities and direct press crew in obtaining proper materials for the next job.




  1. Maintain accurate records of materials used and/or spoiled.
  2. Identify and assure proper condition of all unused materials to be returned to storage.
  3. Perform preventive maintenance on the press, including ink and water roller adjustments, proper house cleaning and all safety practices.
  4. Repair or assist Mechanic in all repair work on press.
  5. Train 2nd Press Operator to a degree of proficiency to maintain press operation during his/her absence.
  6. Train 2nd Press Operator to a degree of proficiency to assume 1st Press Operator position on seven-color when necessary.
  7. Perform other related duties as directed by supervision.





Prerequisite in order of selection from job posting. 

  1. Twelve months prior experience as a 6 Color Coater 1st Press Operator.
  2. Twelve months prior experience as a 6 Color Offset 1st Press Operator.
  3. Twelve months prior experience as a 4 Color Offset 1st Press Operator.
  4. Twelve months prior experience as a 7 Color Coated 2nd Press Operator.
  5. Twelve months prior experience as a 6 Color Coated 2nd Press Operator.
  6. Twelve months prior experience as a 6 Color Offset 2nd Press Operator.

Required Skills


  1. Special precautions necessary to prevent lost-time accidents to others.
  2. Read, understand, and follow all safety rules and practices. Report hazards, unsafe conditions, and unsafe actions.ATTENDANCE REQUIRMENTS:   Regular attendance is required.  


  1. Several disagreeable conditions exist due to the manufacturing processes, but only one or two continuously present – dirt, lint, odors.Because of the changes which may occur in manufacturing processes, methods, or because of quality and productivity requirements, management reserves the right to add to, alter or change the duties and responsibilities of the job.


Required Experience



  1. Trade knowledge in a single area of technical competence – understand and use shop manuals, diagrams, etc. – solve math problems independently.
  2. Ideal candidate will have worked in a related manufacturing field.


 At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child's cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! We're one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world's most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. 

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry's best to reward the talented people who make our company successful. 

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference. 


Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster

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