Artpro Flexo Prepress Operator

Company Name:
NPPS
Position Summary
Carry out the various duties related to transforming text and pictures into finished pages and then producing printing plates of these pages.
Responsibilities:
Produce press ready, color accurate materials using graphic software. Functions include building, manipulating and checking electronic files according to job specifications
Review job specifications to develop a full comprehension and thorough understanding of requirements and ensures all files contain correct elements needed for production of final deliverables, including TIFF and EPS files and all fonts
Utilize Esko ArtPro and Adobe Photoshop software using Mac OS to build, manipulate and implement corrections where necessary packaging graphics to required specifications
Utilize content management tools for retrieving and referencing images and files
Prepare metal plates that are used by traditional printing presses to transfer words and images to paper.
Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, security procedures and instructions. Follow all Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) pertaining to area of responsibility
Performs all duties according to established safety policy
Maintain,
repair
and troubleshoot equipment in department
Willing to work flexible hours as necessary
Be able to cover other positions in department for vacations or absenteeism
Ensures housekeeping rules are observed in department
Other duties as assigned by the Corporate Director of Print Management
Skills & Abilities:
Must be able to operate all prepress equipment. Including: scanners, imagers, processors, plotters, Mac and Windows platforms and RIPs, hardware or software; Mac and Windows and Linux based platforms
Must be proficient in all major desktop publishing applications. Specifically; Eska Artpro, Adobe Version CS4, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat)
Knowledge of different file types (JPEG, EPS, TIFF, GIF, PNG, BMP, PDF, etc.)
File processing is controlled via
computer
interface and requires the ability to navigate through multiple computer screens to quickly and efficiently solve problems. Computer software experience in a prepress environment is preferred. Familiar with page impositioning and working knowledge of PDF format and Acrobat software
Familiar with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
Good understanding of the conversion issues when using these apps across Mac and Windows platforms
Strong knowledge of File Resolution, Plate Line Screen and Half-tones Experience with Offset Folding Carton preferred
Good understanding on how to troubleshoot problem files
Sound knowledge of color theory & prepress workflows
Time management skills, operates effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
Excellent project management skills, highly organized and ability to multitask effectively.
Must be quality oriented to ensure product meets customer specifications
Proven team player with good interpersonal skills
Must be able to explain complex printing processes and prepress issues in everyday language
Good, verbal and written communication
Operates effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
Excellent attendance record
Good mechanical aptitude, including good understanding of measurements
Be tactful and courteous in interactions with other people
Solid background in computers and
electronics
Good understanding of mathematics in order to operate software programs that control computerized prepress machines.
Good manual dexterity, able to focus on details and work effectively on own
Artistic ability is an important asset
Calm and able to adapt easily to the pressures of meeting deadlines as well as using new software and operating new equipment
Experience:
High School Diploma, Bachelors degree in graphic arts or related field preferred
A certificate or diploma in Electronic Prepress Operations or Printing Prepress Technology or an alternative is an associate's degree in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology or Printing and Prepress Technology
5+ years experience as a Mac Prepress Operator in a prepress environment
Equipment:
Screen-Dainippon PlateRight 8600 Plate imagesetter
Agfa Elantrix 95 SX plate processor
Agfa Avantra44 OLP film imagesetter
DuPont Cyrel Fast Flexographic Plate System
Hewlett Packard Designjet 550 42 inch proof printer
Gerber Innovations coating blanket cutter
Toray waterless printing plate processor
2 Mac workstations and 1 PC workstation
RIP software includes Esko FlexRIP, Esko FlowDrive and EagleRIP
Software includes Esko ArtPro and Adobe CS5
Keywords- esko, artpro, adobe, flexo, prepress, offset
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