Apprentice Pressperson I

Production Sacramento, CA


Position at The Sacramento Bee

Assists the presspersons in the operations of the press by performing the following duties:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  •  Assists the pressperson by learning what is needed to run a press.
  •  Prepares press for printing, webbing press, pumping and mixing ink.
  •  Cleans inking rollers with blanket wash and replaces them in press.
  •  Adjusts controls to regulate volume of ink.
  •  Installs blankets.
  •  Sets ink on press
  •  Adjusts guides, rollers, grippers, nips, and compensators.
  •  Starts press and runs off proof sheet.
  •  Examines proof to determine off-level areas, variation in ink volume, register slippage, indications of offsetting, and color register.
  •  Other mechanical duties related to printing.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


QUALIFICATIONS  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



No prior experience or training.



Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.