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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 205N
Category: Information Services


Perform journey-level work operating and maintaining offset printing equipment with at least 11 X 18 inch plates capable of printing materials up to a maximum sheet size of 22 inches and doing standard register printing using multiple colors of ink and screening to produce duotones and other ink shading.

Typical Work

Set up and operate offset equipment to print single and multicolored copies of catalogs, manuals, technical illustrations, brochures, letterheads, pamphlets, envelopes and related materials;

Inspect and maintain quality reproduction standards for ink image and shades, line copy and halftone perspective and registration;

Make machine pressure, moisture, ink and paper flow adjustments and alignments for various stock sizes and weights to produce clear, legible, and well­-centered or margin images;

Clean and lubricate offset printing equipment and other machines and equip­ment;

Maintain production records;

Mix ink for required color and shades;

May prepare paper, plastic and lithographic metal plate masters and operate photo camera equipment to produce enlargements, reductions, and positionings on final masters;

May organize and maintain stock and supply inventory;

May use exposure frames in making line and halftone negatives;

May operate paper cutters, folders, stitchers, binders, on-line collators and other machines;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of an offset reprographics/printer course and one year full­-time experience in operating offset printing equipment with at least 11 X 18 inch plates.  


Two years of full-time experience in operating offset printers with at least 11 X 18 inch plates. 

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New class adopted January 23, 1984.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted July 2, 1990.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 3677), general revision, deletes basic function, revises distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.