Operator Trainee

The operator trainee is responsible for changing paper rolls, filling ink, roll stock paperwork, and checking oil levels. In addition to establishing and improving production standards, the role includes working with others in the company to provide the highest level of customer service.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help to reach company’s customer service, profit, sales, and growth goals.
  • Follow all company safety practices and procedures.
  • Prepare rolls of paper for the presses.
  • Keep the press ink fountains filled with ink.
  • Check and maintain ph and conductivity of water and fill as needed.
  • Fill out roll stock paperwork.
  • Check oil level in printing units and folder, fill as needed.
  • Perform preventive maintenance.
  • Communicate with the operator and crew on the status of the current job.
  • Work in a team environment with other employees to enhance customer service and efficiency.
  • Identify quality issues and make corrections.
  • Follow department operational policies and procedures.
  • Perform all other duties assigned and those that may be necessary to achieve company and departmental goals.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactory. The requirements listed below are a representation of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • Lifting up to 15 lbs., bending, and standing.
  • Working knowledge of printing, bindery, and related processes.
  • Working knowledge of the department equipment.
  • Flexible with hours and machines.
  • Good oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to work well with diverse groups or individuals.
  • Ability to follow verbal/written direction.
  • Must be able to carry out multi-task projects simultaneously.
  • Must be able to understand and clearly communicate the company’s vision.
  • Regular and consistent attendance.


Education and/or Experience

High School Diploma; or GED; or 2 or more years of printing/bindery experience; and/or vocational training in the printing and bindery industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to apply basic math concepts (add, subtract, multiply, and divide). Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest and percentages. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Physical and Working Conditions

The job is performed in a manufacturing facility with exposure to large equipment, noise, and materials related to the printing process. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to occasionally bend, stoop or kneel.
  • Ability to use hands and arms to type, reach, handle or feel.
  • Ability to regularly lift/move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift/move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift/move up to 50 pounds.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.