Press Operator II-Gannett Publishing Services/Jackson, TN

Press Operator II

Gannett Publishing Services

Jackson, TN

Job Purpose:

Under the direction of press management & supervisors—the Press Operator II is assigned to perform printing related tasks that may include, but are not limited to: Plate processing, spotting plates; reel set-up & operation; newsprint staging; roll preparation; black ink setting; limited press operational controls; equipment maintenance; and specified reporting. The primary objective is to support efficient press operations as needed to achieve & maintain on-time production, product quality standards, low waste, and operational safety.

Key Job Functions:

Under the direction of lead operators or supervisors—works as part of a press crew to coordinate press / plate operations during an assigned shift.


  • Report to scheduled shifts on-time and ready to begin work.
  • Work as a team to achieve & maintain on-time press performance.
  • Work as a team to achieve & maintain product quality standards.
  • Work as a team to meet waste goals.
  • Assist with plate, reel room & press operations as assigned.

Pressroom Tasks

Reel operations: Request, deliver & stage newsprint rolls, set-up reels, prepare approved paste patterns for all roll sizes, use

web kites / devices as applicable, monitor automatic pasters and/or make hand pasters, facilitate butt roll consumption, stage

waste, report & document roll damage, assist with reel room reports as required.

  • Unit make ready: Check & prepare units for operation, spot plates, ink make-ready, and web-up.
  • Densitometer calibration & operation.
  • Basic press control proficiency to reduce waste and achieve optimum quality standards include: Inch press, black ink &

water balance, black ink density, and assisting with lost web recovery & press restarts.

  • General press maintenance includes—but is not limited to: Cleaning blankets, wiping down press units, Installing, checking &

adjusting rollers, cleaning & replacing blankets, folder clean out, and other press specific maintenance as required.

  • Assist with press reports.


  • Always work in a safe manner, and consistently utilize required safety equipment
  • Complete required annual OSHA safety training programs: Lockout/Tagout, HazComm, Personal Protective Equipment,

Hearing Conservation, Blood borne Pathogen, Forklift.

  • Ensure all machine safety-guards are installed, functioning properly, and in use.
  • Constant housekeeping to maintain neat and organized work spaces.
  • Promote top-of-mind safety awareness.
  • Immediately report all operational concerns and/or potential safety hazards to press management.
  • Immediately report all injuries to press management.


  • Provide timely & accurate report information to the shift supervisor.
  • Immediately report equipment issues.
  • Communicate scheduling needs to press management and supervisors.


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.

Related Experience.

  • Good verbal & written communication skills.
  • Good math skills.
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Prior printing experience.

Technical Skills

  • PC Skills, Email.

Press Operators work in a fast-paced environment that requires them to meet deadlines while working safely to maximize productivity, quality & efficiency.

Press Operators work in a fast-paced environment that requires them to meet deadlines while working safely to maximize productivity, quality & efficiency.

This is a full-time position offering a base salary and benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401K with company match.

We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.

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