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Press Operator

The Seattle Times, the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, is actively seeking a Press Operator to join our North Creek print facility in Bothell, WA. This role is absolutely vital to the maintenance and functional operation of the print process. 

As the Press Operator, you will set up, operate and maintain the newspaper press in a timely, accurate and cost effective manner. This individual is expected to continuously monitor ink densities, meet deadlines, analyze equipment problems, and implement solutions.  Additionally, successful applicants must be able to work with other team members to achieve quality, customer satisfaction and productivity while minimizing expenditures and waste.

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, and sick time, in addition to medical/dental plans, 401(k) savings plan, pension fund, and more!

 

Responsibilities

  • Prepare and operate multi-unit, web-fed rotary offset printing press (with cylinders). Clean inking rollers with environmentally safe cleaner and replace them in press.
  • Lock plate on printing cylinder and thread loose end of paper supply roll through and around rollers to folder.
  • Re-thread paper through press if web breaks and re-adjust tension rollers.
  • Inspect and lubricate moving parts of press.
  • Clean ink hoses and rails with rags and cleaner.
  • Plate up press at beginning of run and re-plate chasers and makeovers during run.  Strip plates at end of run.
  • Assist in employee training/development.  
  • Clean blankets, plate cylinders and units at end of run.
  • Process color.  Make ready ink rails and purge colors into rails.  Set color and registration from console work station.
  • Load rolls of newsprint into press.

 

Schedule

Shift requirements may be day, swing, or night shifts including weekends.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience: At least three years of offset press training.
  • Education: Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. 
  • Ability to work in a team environment and contribute in a collaborative manner. 
  • Occasional moderate or heavy physical exertion. 
  • Manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude. 
  • May be required to work overtime or long hours.

 

This position requires union-mandated dues be paid, as well as a criminal background check and drug screen for controlled substances (including marijuana) be administered on a post-offer basis, as a condition for employment.

 

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.8 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.

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