Prepress Technician Job Description

Prepress Technician Job Description

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Prepress technician provides first level support to end users for Windows and Macintosh clients in a network and desktop maintenance and troubleshooting capacity, including associated peripheral equipment.

Prepress Technician Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective prepress technician job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included prepress technician job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Create a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat from Quark document
Advising sales and customer service staff, and clients on alternative graphic options based on the project artwork, material selection, and technology(s)
Preparing client graphic files for optimum proofing and production results
Ordering tooling such as foiling, embossing, and cutting dies on a project by project basis
Helping to organize, inventory and stage multiple elements for projects
One (1) or more years of experience working in a litho printing prepress department
Receive and manipulate basic electronic files
Prepare basic files for output in digital sign shop and offset
Operate image setter, setting-up template marks for plates, have knowledge of creating templates for plate output, producing and proofing plates
Interpret work orders according to specifications given

Prepress Technician Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Education for Prepress Technician

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the prepress technician job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Associate and Collage Degree in Technical, Associates, Education, Graphic Design, Graphic Arts, Technology, Design, Fine Art, Science, Publishing

Skills for Prepress Technician

Desired skills for prepress technician include:

Illustrator
File management
Photoshop
Network utilizations and workflow and maintenance/troubleshooting
Macintosh
Trapping
Quark
JMS and NEO
ESKO software
Microsoft Office

Desired experience for prepress technician includes:

Production or Post Production experience
Can handle and lift up to 80 lbs
Other special projects may be added as needed
Support operation in the copy dot scanning and digital compositing of images created from film based elements for comic books, originally produced at medium and large prepress publication firms
Any additional experience with prepress digital software such as Prinergy or Brisque is a plus, as is any experience on the physical production side of prepress, knowledge of color theory for both cinematic & lithographic production
Media consolidation, film consolidation, and management of intermediate storage for film, video, and other media formats

Prepress Technician Examples

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Prepress Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of prepress technician. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for prepress technician
  • Transform written material and pictures into finished pages for offset, digital and printer-s layout/impose files for printer templates
  • Assist in and/or carry out the development, presentation and execution of ideas
  • Stay current with the latest retail, advertising, style and graphic trends including system technology
  • Execute creative design details including layout, typestyle, photography, and/or illustration
  • Prepares layouts according to exact work ticket specifications using the proper systems, processes and software programs
  • Proofreads and edits all work
  • Processes work tickets as required
  • Prepare electronic files for proof out or print
  • Finds ways to improve cost in the pre-press develop solutions
  • Carries out job production on MAC to plate
Qualifications for prepress technician
  • Handling of original film negative and video elements from current and past motion pictures and television series
  • Data entry of element metadata into proprietary studio computer systems
  • Building and splicing of element consolidation rolls
  • Providing support in building cartons and pallets of material to be shipped as directed
  • Work requires flexibility in providing various hours for varying shifts
  • Video machine room experience a plus
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Prepress Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of prepress technician. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for prepress technician
  • Re-touches images for better platability
  • Follows work instructions and control plans
  • Adheres to quality control procedures
  • Receive customer files
  • Ensure files meet customer specifications, making any necessary corrections, and output proofs
  • Check proofs for accuracy
  • Ensure job has been checked by customer
  • Archive jobs for possible future use
  • Interface with customers, the sales department and co‑workers to address and resolve any problems
  • Archive files as needed
Qualifications for prepress technician
  • Associate's degree in graphic arts, imaging or printing and prepress technology
  • Knowledge of bindery, press and mail specifications (drill allowance, margins, bleeds)
  • Experience with CMS, Pindar or Agilitya plus
  • Associates Degree or vocational apprenticeship required
  • Understanding of electronics and electronic systems
  • Strong mechanical skills and aptitude
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Prepress Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a prepress technician. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for prepress technician
  • Perform computer maintenance
  • Accurately produce orders to customer specifications and ensure all graphic elements and text are consistent and accurate for print
  • Maintain high level of attendance through set standards
  • Convert Customer provided design files into printable/seperated file for formats of the appropriate print output devices per job specs -Troubleshoot .pdf file creation/file RIP issues and general support to customers via project coordinators
  • Ensures final product leaving department meets quality standards prior to being released to other departments (and/or) customer
  • Preflights / prepares electronic files for output
  • Refines, traps and inspects files
  • Imposes files
  • Outputs and inspects for accuracy and quality
  • Organizes output for next department
Qualifications for prepress technician
  • Experience with Prepress Print Production software and hardware desirable
  • Experience with MS Windows Server and MAC OS beneficial
  • Able to manage multiple high-priority action items
  • Proven skills in handling customers in high pressure situations
  • Must be able to travel as needed, up to 75% of the time
  • Must have a working knowledge of networking and OS X system
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Prepress Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of prepress technician. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for prepress technician
  • Maintains equipment as needed
  • Loads raw materials into output devices
  • Prepare and step graphic files for optimum production results using ESKO Automation Engine and Deskpack Plugins
  • Proof and prepare customer supplied artwork
  • Build and prepare Foil, Emboss, Flexo, and Cutting Dies
  • Perform Quality Checks on incoming tooling
  • Color correct artwork to match Pantone colors and customer supplied samples
  • Perform press-checks when needed
  • Work closely with customer service on new projects to determine tooling, colors, and layout
  • Preflight files
Qualifications for prepress technician
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of offset, digital and flexo printing
  • Must be able to use and read a ruler
  • Must be detailed oriented, willing to continuously improve, and a good team player
  • Must have the ability to write and speak in English
  • Must have the ability to read and comprehend complex instructions, in English
  • Must have the ability to read and interpret documents in English such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
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Prepress Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of prepress technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for prepress technician
  • Platemaking
  • Produce envelopes, guides, tissues, and commercial plates for all sheetfed and web presses
  • Set up and build templates for imposition program
  • Build and adjust profiles for ripping applications
  • Use imposition and ripping applications to make plates with CTP machine
  • Utilize imposition program’s uploaded files to produce Dyluxs’, proofs, and plates
  • Set up and build files to be printed on HP360 Printer
  • Cut Files using Mimaki cutter
  • Set up and maintain prepress equipment
  • Verify and maintain calibration of CTP machine
Qualifications for prepress technician
  • Must have the ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations in English
  • Must have the ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and boards of directors
  • Must have proficiency in intermediate software packages such as words processing, spreadsheets, graphics
  • Proficient with PC and Mac platforms, and experience with graphic design programs
  • Strong working knowledge of all industry preflight/design software including
  • Experience working with and creating print ready pdf files for digital presses

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