working shift lead press operator resume example with 20+ years of experience

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Professional Summary

Resourceful Printing Press Operator with a distinguished understanding of printing processes and various press maintenance. Adept at reducing loss without sacrificing quality and streamlining the day-to-day organization. Committed to top-of-the-line products and service. Enthusiastic,eager to contribute to team success through hard work, attention to detail and technology optimization. Clear understanding of high end print production and support of other lithographic departments . Motivated to learn, grow and excel in the printing industry .


· Quality Oriented, logic based decision making.

· Exceptional record for avoiding, as well as preventing reworks among peers. Honest, concise communication as well as dedication to results.

Proficiency with many versions of print workflow, including Delta, Rampage,Prinergy,and Hagen

· National Council certified Master printer

· Exemplary attendance and dependability.

· Leadership balanced with work ethic and integrity.

· Continuous approach to knowledge advances as well as process improvement.

· Thorough understanding of substrates, ink bases and additives, fountain solutions and means to estimate, measure and adjust all print consumables.

· Seamless ability to lead, support, or fill various positions as needed, involving almost any area of printing.

· Selfless approach to training others with emphasis to develop skills, abilities and competence to highest levels.

· Use of Microsoft Office, as well as pc and mac based software.

· Well suited for challenging clients with an outstanding customer service history.

Hermitage High School Richmond, VA Expected in 06/1986 High School Diploma : - GPA :
Work History
Gannett Co. Inc. - Working Shift Lead Press Operator
Gloucester County, NJ, 01/1997 - Current

Began as part time in 1992 , transitioned to full time in Jan 1997. Initially hired as coverage for operators on vacation, running Komori 26” 2/c press. Company also owned Komori Sprint 2/c perfecting press, which I also ran on needed occasion. When company expanded in 1997 with new equipment, I was hired full time based on my prior performance. Presses bought were Komori 28” 5 and 6 color presses. Produced high-quality annual reports, art books,advertisements , four-color posters and mailers. These were first presses that I utilized fully automated plate hanging, computer based density management, and manufacture integrated coater systems. I was responsible for being a night shift quad operator, under my own supervision to manage all aspects of the print process. I was trained by day time shift supervisor, and given parameters by which to make decisions best for the overall operations of the company. I am shift lead responsible for docket interpretation of job specifications, communication with customer service, management, and customers as needed, troubleshooting any necessary processes as well as optimizing quality levels of less experienced operators. Given the tools and support to learn printing at its highest levels, I was able to extend my ability and knowledge of printing to new standards. After a short period of employment, I was offered a chance to verify my knowledge via the National Council for Skills Standards graphic arts exam. I was only the third person to pass the exam within our company. My primary tasks along with press operation were feedback to other staff on improvements or innovations, coordinating press needs between departments, exercising decision making skills to achieve highest level results, and almost daily interactions with customers on press approvals. After extensive sales and growth, both in volume and quality , I was chosen as a lead to execute the transition from half size to full size printing. The first 40" press was purchased in early 2000, and I and one other operator were manufacturer trained at Komori of Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Responsible for all aspects of press operation, eventually the press was modified to a hybrid UV capacity. I was additionally educated in UV printing, curing, stochastic screening, synthetic substrates including Yupo, clear vinyl cling stock, metallic and hologrammed stock as well as use of textured, scented, metalized UV and aqueous coatings. I utilize a Harris Bruno chamber coater with multiple ceramic engraved rollers, for varying coating specifications. I have experience with press calibration curve changes necessary to overcome customer's conflicts. I utilize Cip 4 data as well density control software daily, able to communicate color standards using multiple functions of spectral densitometry, including knowledge of L*a*b*, grey balance and dot gain. I continuously maintain press peripheral equipment including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, pneumatics, as well as establishing local inventory of wear items. Also have working knowledge of Sentinel ink systems. Responsible for working with independent mechanic to fix issues beyond standard repairs. I have extended experience working on tuning press printing via gear tolerances, also coordinating parts orders with management to ensure correct orders. I am well versed in tools and processes including soldering both electrical and plumbing, torque wrenches, packing gauges,micrometers, taps and dies,grinders, and all available hand tools. Trained with Accel ink mixing as well as Prinergy for CTP using Screen plating system. Safety prioritized, reflected by 25 years with no incidents. Company certifications achieved or maintained during tenure including multiple ISO-9 based levels, FSC, G7 . Company has won numerous awards, including Premier Print awards (Benny) on multiple occasions. High profile customers include Design Army, The Martin Agency, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, American University, and Suntrust Bank .Basic Polar knife and MBO folder operation. Company sales during tenure have grown from 10 million to over 25 million, as well as tripling in staff.

Quad shift, 7am -7 pm rotating with options for additional shifts, Base full time week is 36 hours

Presses worked on:

Komori Lithrone 26”2/c

Komori Sprint perfector 2/c 26”

Komori Spica perfector 28” 4/c

Komori Lithrone 26” 4/c

Komori Lithrone 28” 6/c +coater

Komori Lithrone 28" 5/c + coater

Komori Lithrone 40" 6/c + UV/ Aq hybrid coater

Komori Lithrone S 40” 6/c + coater

Komori GL 40" 6/c + coater

With additional training on Screen automated plating system, both cyrel and gerber imaged coating plates,lithoperf, and Cito press perf systems, large format flatbed printers, various scales, heat applied shrink films, paper banding, plastic strapping, and stretch packaging devices,as well as production and shipping software usage.

Advantage Xpo - Lead Press Operator
Greenville, SC, 06/1995 - 01/1997

Hired as one of 2 primary operators to transition company into 4/c process sheetfed production of envelope blanks. Company utilized multiple Halm jet presses for primary printing of pre-converted envelopes, as well as flexographic print units on envelope converting machines. Company purchased Heidelberg 40”5/c + coater to replace outdated 2/c 38” Harris sheetfed press. Responsible for all aspects of lead press operation including overcoming challenges exacerbated by widely varied paper qualities, cost conscious ink, and non-climate controlled facility. Despite all challenges given, press performance and work quality was well above expectations, while waste and loss were minimal. Considering press was sole sheetfed equipment used to carry balance of company's higher quality requirements, press was frequently producing high quality at top rates. Along with learning about envelope layouts, windows placements, bar codes, seal and seam glues, envelope die usage including die chisels for extending reliefs needed for cutting blanks. Press included console for press controls. Company primarily used multiple film duplicates to image plates, eventually transitioning to Misomex based step and repeat machines. Press used to print on variety of substrates, including natural and brown kraft colored stocks as well as Tyvek stocks. Press ran primarily Pantone PMS inks, many of which were mixed by operator using scale in an area stocked with base color inks, triple beam scales and mixers. Customer approvals of jobs were routine, usually handled by shift supervisors.

As needed, I would work with less experienced Halm Jet operators to understand print processes, primarily color matching, manual tint adjustments of ink, roller setting, as well as ink water balance. Responsible for making sure press helper managed all press consumables, preloading as well as staging upcoming jobs and overall workflow. Primary position was full time, typical schedule was 3:00 pm to 5:00am minimum 3 days a week, usually extended by 1 or 2 days and constantly changing with workload demand. Average hours per week was approximately between 55-60 hours a week.

Carter Printing - Printing Press Operator
City, STATE, 08/1986 - 06/1995

I began my career in printing in a family owned, non-union based, successful company. My career began as an apprentice position to a press operator on a 4 color 40” sheetfed speedmaster Heidelberg. Initially I was trained on printing components, processes, and awareness of safe working practices. My duties including substrate loading, manual bending and hanging of plates, preserving plates after print runs through use of gum arabic solution. I was responsible for chemical mixtures of etching fluid, alcohol and gums to achieve proper ph level fountain solutions with independent bottles for each printing unit. We used a variety of tools to measure such as litmus strips, electronic ph readers and hydrometers. My duties also included managing the ink levels in the fountains, hand washing of blankets and cleaning impression cylinders using type wash, cleaning fountains for color changes, also roller washing and wash up tray cleaning as well as wash up blade changing. In addition to apprentice duties, I also learned proper maintenance of press including removing excess spray powder from press delivery, press roller specifications, and how to determine proper care of rollers using deep cleaning pastes, roller lubricants, deglazing compounds , calcium removers, as well as proper settings to manage print quality. Also included among duties were to manage conventional dampener components such as ductor socks, as well as 3M brand shrink to fit paper sleeves for dampener form rollers using a Jomac brand roller wash system. After learning the printing basics including form layouts, margins and paginations, I was additionally responsible for sheet inspection for defects, non-conforming items such as ink toning, register variation and hickies. I was also able to set up feeder head and delivery positions, hard wheels, brush wheels, hold downs, as well as feeder pump levels , adjust lateral and circumferential register, guide adjustments, and adjust transfer anti marking wheels as needed defined by job layout. Upon successful operation of press helper duties, I was able to diversify my understanding of levels of print within the shop by rotating alongside other presses and operators. For a period of 18 months from hire, I was granted a promotion to fill my first solo position on a Heidelberg 40” 2 color press. I began to assume responsibility for all operating parameters of the print process including verifying materials, content from a variety of proofs, preparation of ink orders for trapping and printability, and the start to finish process of achieving a sellable, quality product while exercising safety, waste reduction and time management skills. This was the first opportunity I had to increase my fountain setting skills on a repetitive basis. I learned use of additional tools such as densitomers, both X-rite and Gretag brand, packing gauges, and multiple color filter loupes as needed, as well as learning to image plates using stripped flats of positioned color separated films , a vacuum based light exposure table, and plate processing. I was able to print basic work, Pantone matching system inks as well as metallic inks, varnishes, inline lithoperf operations, as well as multi pass printing of four color process as workload determined. This was where I began my first experiences with customer press approvals, customer change orders, and learning about many levels of print expectations from basic to highly technical. As opportunities increased within the company I rotated to varying positions of journeyman operator, during which time was able to run entry level 4 color process work and had experience on many different platforms including larger format and different press manufacturers, Harris, Miehle, and Planeta including the company's first 5 color 40” aqueous coating capable Komori press. Press was outfitted with an aftermarket tower coater unit, requiring additional roller and coating pan to run in tandem with blanket cylinder of last print unit. This was the first electronic console controlled press I was exposed to. Some of the higher profile clients we printed for were Phillip Morris, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and National Institute of Health work through US GPO.

Presses worked on included

Harris 1/c 29”

Harris 2/c 50”

Heidelberg 4/c 40”

Heidelberg 2/c 36”

Heidelberg 2/c 40”

Komori 5/c 40”+ coater

Miehle 2/c 50”

Planeta 2/c or 1/1 perfect 50”

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  • Working Shift Lead Press Operator
  • Lead Press Operator
  • Printing Press Operator


  • High School Diploma

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