Head Press Operator

  • Hess Printing Solutions
  • Akron, Ohio

Job Title: Head Press Operator

Department: Press Room

FLSA Status: Non Exempt

Reports To: Press Room Supervisor


To set up, make ready, operate and maintain web offset printing press.


  • Inserts packing sheets on plate cylinder to build up plate to printing height, fastens reinforcing bars to offset blankets and install plates and blankets on press cylinders.
  • Fills ink and dampening solutions fountains of press.
  • Maintain and get color up to job specifications.
  • Observe press operation to detect machine malfunctions and examines printed copy for ink density, position on paper and registration. Make adjustments to the press Washes press and cleans ink and ink distributing rollers and ink fountains using ink solvent and cleaning mechanism on press.
  • Set up or operate auxiliary equipment, such as folding, plate-making, or laminating machines.
  • Keeps daily time, production and material usage reports.
  • Lead and give directions to and monitor the work of the Rollstand Operator and Press Assistant.
  • Other duties as assigned by management


  • Monitor/Assess performance of yourself and others to make improvements or take corrective actions to produce quality work in a fast paced environment
  • The ability to use logical and reason to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • The ability to train and develop others
  • Must possess strong organizational skills
  • Must possess a mechanical aptitude
  • The ability to troubleshoot
  • Must be dependable, reliable and responsible in fulfilling obligations
  • Must work well with others
  • Must be flexible and open to change when needed
  • Able to follow instructions and make decisions
  • Willing to work overtime when needed
  • The ability to work 10 to 12 hour shifts


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 1-3 years of formal job related training (can be waived)
  • 4-6 years of job related work experience (can be waived)

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