Job Summary: The Junior Prepress Technician provides the interface between the Customer Service Department and the press room/printing department. Files generated by customers must be reviewed so that proofs/plates can be accurately prepared in compliance with job specifications and company quality standards. Ensures all prepress work meets customer timeframe requirements. Works closely with other staff members to meet or exceed customer satisfaction and service. As a Junior Prepress Technician, you are accountable for meeting the department production and quality goals, as well as playing a key role in meeting company-wide profitability and customer satisfaction goals: Guarantee satisfaction and value for our customers. Contribute to a work environment that fosters pride in being part of a winning team and promotes personal growth. Maintain personal productivity and quality standards that make possible attractive financial returns so that the company can continue to provide excellent service to our customers and ensure job security and career growth for our staff. Because you are in contact with employees, customers, and other stakeholders, and in a key position for guaranteeing their satisfaction, your position requires confidentiality, tact, sensitivity, and professionalism. Responsibilities and Duties: General and Administrative Coordinate with the Production Team to produce and prioritize jobs, and when necessary reorganize to meet deadline changes and updates. Communicate effectively with the Prepess Lead, Press Supervisor, and the Production Team, informing and updating them regularly to guarantee that company objectives and customer objectives are met. Participate as a key player in the company by supporting operations as needed. Follow systems and procedures outlined in the Procedure Manual. Provide training and advice to customers on the preparation of digital files as required. Comply with all OHSA safety requirements. Keep current on the latest technologies and software tools. Other duties as assigned. Prepress Operations Operate all equipment in accordance with operating instructions. Receive and manipulate files digitally from all sources. Preflight and troubleshoot customer digital files. Prepare files for output to proof/plate. Layout/impose files on imposition templates. Setup register targets and trim lines for production using Preps and Metrix imposition software. Output files to the proofing device and/or Plate setter; set line screens, resolution, and other press-specific settings. Produce and verify all Digital Proofs making Dylux/Mock-up proofs as needed. Maintain a clean and well-organized work area. Perform paste-up and book imposition as necessary. Make backups on a regular basis and organize files for safekeeping and for easy retrieval. Troubleshoot RIP issues as required. Hard – Proof folded offset jobs and digital books as required. Efficiently operate plating machines and software as required. Send approved custom jobs and outstanding scheduled jobs to plating as required. Match plates with appropriate docket and proofs as required. Troubleshoot Prinergy and/or imposition issues as required. Responsible for workflow of jobs with special requirements such as finishing (roll labels, spot UV, foil, etc.). Assist in and support recruitment initiatives as required. Respond to Prepress department customer inquiries. Other duties as assigned. Equipment and Supplies Clean and maintain equipment and work area following maintenance procedures, and update maintenance logs. Monitor and manage inventory of design and graphics supplies; order and stock supplies as assigned by the supervisor. Inform supervisor of equipment problems. Perform routine computer maintenance, including software updates and utility programs. Qualifications: Minimum of 1 year of print production experience. Minimum of 1 year of practical experience in graphic design/prepress. Proficient knowledge of applicable professional prepress applications. General knowledge of utility programs. Adequate knowledge of Macintosh and Windows platforms and operating systems. Ability to prepare files for output to proof and plate, receive and manipulate files digitally and maintain operating systems on production machines. Knowledge of Kodak Prinergy workflow. Knowledge of how to prepare and impose jobs for offset, digital and large format printing. Knowledge of printing terminology and practices. Experience in paste-up and book imposition. Thorough knowledge of PDF Meet or exceed minimum test results as specified by the hiring manager. Excellent language and communication skills. Working Conditions: Intensive computer work and extended use of the computer keyboard and mouse. Sitting for prolonged periods of time – up to 8 hours per day. Exposure to ink and chemical fumes, and airborne particles such as paper dust and drying powder. Work area may have fluorescent lighting and air conditioning. Noise level is usually moderate to loud. Appearance at all times must represent the company image. Fast-paced environment: subject to numerous schedule and priority changes and short notice activity. Occasional lifting of objects up to 25 lbs. Occasional overtime may be required. Additional hours may be required due to operational requirements.
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