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Production Technician (Platemaker)

Are you eager to train on and learn a new system? Able to multitask and troubleshoot as needed? Are you accurate with attention to detail? Consider joining our newspaper print operators in Bothell!

The Seattle Times, the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, is excited to announce an immediate opening for a Production Technician (Platemaker). This unique role uses software to make “plates” which are used as blueprints for each page of the newspaper. The Production Technician (sometimes called a Plate Operator, or Platemaker, as it’s fondly known in the industry) uses the image on screen to operate the computer-to-plate software, and draft and “print” individual plates for all sections of the print paper. Simply put, without the Platemakers, we could not produce the newspaper!

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

As a unionized position, pay is set at $18.4749 per hour with a 35-hour workweek. 


  • Operate plate imaging software, computer-to-plate program, plate processors, and plate benders and sorting stations
  • Identify and correct equipment malfunctions, troubleshooting when necessary.
  • Communicate accurately with multiple departments.
  • Maintain proper level of supplies.
  • Perform general cleaning and maintenance of equipment.
  • Complete daily production reports.
  • Address other duties as assigned.



Must be willing and able to work nights and weekends: between 12 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. as needed. Various shifts available. up to 35 hours a week. 



  • Experience: Two or more years’ working experience in any industry (willing to train the right candidate).
  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Willing to train on our proprietary software. 
  • Platemaking/plateroom operations experience preferred, but not required. 
  • Ability to meet multiple daily deadlines.
  • Strong computer and communication skills.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and follow instructions.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, and lift up to 45-pounds.
  • Preference for previous electric pallet jack/forklift experience.


This position requires union-mandated dues and a pre-employment drug screen for controlled substances, including marijuana.

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