Plate Maker

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2 Mar 2022

Full-Time Plate Maker

Everett Graphics – Posted by VMA Staff Oakland, California, United States

Job Details


Everett Graphics

Job Type


Job Compensation

Depends on Experience

Job Description

Basic Functions:

Prepares plates use in offset printing and visually examines plates for quality, content and verifies they are free of defect.


  • Produces press plates using current platemaking technology
  • Inspects completed proofs and plates for quality and content; visually examines plates for defects and delivers plates meeting established criteria
  • Compares measurements and appearance of plates to prepress proofs and vinyls to verify accuracy of positioning and presence of artwork and type for each color
  • Understands plate layouts, dies and the plate making process and theory
  • Preps jobs by pulling and inspecting standing vinyls and coating blankets
  • Requests vinyls and plot and cut coating blankets as needed
  • Pull production samples as requested by planning staff
  • Maintains production flow by staying on schedule
  • Works independently to meet schedule demands
  • Understands job ticket and verbal instructions
  • Follows established procedures and applies general technical standards and concepts
  • Performs daily, weekly and monthly maintenance on equipment
  • Follows safety rules and keeps work area in a clean and orderly condition
  • Proactively offers assistance to others and performs additional duties and responsibilities as assigned

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 requires.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education Level Required or Equivalent:
Undergraduate degree or equivalent of three to five years related experience and / or training

Skills Required:

Language Skills
    • Strong interpersonal and verbal skills
    • Must be familiar with special terminology involving job
    • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating instructions, job tickets and procedure manuals
Computer Skills
    • Basic familiarity and experience with plate making systems – previous experience with Heidelberg Prinect and Signa Station a plus
Mathematical Skills
    • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
Disposition skills
    • Present a professional and friendly interface with other departments
    • Maintain a positive attitude and harmony within team and other departments
    • Perform a variety of duties, as needed, with a sense of enjoyment and ownership

Judgment Required:
Must have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form

The above job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  It is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities, and it is subject to change and exceptions at the discretion of supervisors

How to Apply

Send your resume to: Jim DeCarlo PrePress Manager Everett Graphics

Job Categories: Print Production-Electronic Prepress (image assembly /output). Job Types: Full-Time. Compensation: Depends on Experience.


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