Printing Operator

US-TN-Kingston Springs
Requisition ID
Manufacturing & Operations
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Printing Operator
Kingston Springs, TN 

  Caraustar's Folding Carton Plant located in Kingston Springs, TN is seeking an experienced Printing Operator.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Off-Set Printing and experience with KBA printing presses.

In addition to providing a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package to include: Medical, Pharmacy Plan, Dental, 401 (k), Life Insurance & additional Employee Assistance Programs, Caraustar offers the opportunity to further advance in the printing field by providing a progressive training program. Relocation assistance is available.

Position Summary: Responsible for the overall quality of printing jobs as assigned, in addition to preventative care and maintenance to assigned equipment. 


- Check & run to production schedule.
- Read job bag & work order, confirm size, style and copy information.
- Get printing plates, die vinyl and color target.
- Check coating plate.  Pack and/or make any necessary revisions.
- Set up press to sheet specs.
- Set up ink rotation.
- Ink up press and rollers.  Register plates.
- Check copy.
- Check die vinyl and final position print to cut.
- Get UPC okay.
- Get color ok, signature from shift supervisor.
- Test coating viscosity.
- Assist with wash-up, wash blankets, gum plates, etc.
- Knowledge of Job Hazard and Lockout procedure.
- Perform quality checks a minimum of one sheet per load is to be checked.  Recheck printed loads on the floor for quality defects, especially coating issues.  Tag loads when defects are found.
- Ability to adjust and monitor color on press.
- Ability to use spectrodensitometer and explain readings.
- Perform basic press maintenance.
- Responsible for press housekeeping.
- Comply with plant safety and PPE requirements.
- Complete production reports and hourly management reports.
- Report all food safety and quality problems to supervisor.
- Associate is responsible to keep their work area clean, empty trash and sweep daily.
- All other duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements:

- Experience as a Feeder and Printing Operator.
- Ability to read basic measurement tools such as calipers, micrometers and tape measures.
- Knowledge of coating and inks.
- Strong leadership and the ability to take initiative.
- Good verbal and written communication skills with ability to provide hands on training.
- Ability to obtain a valid tow motor license and pass tow motor exam.
- Ability to pass Isochromatic color vision test yearly.
- Lifting from floor to waist up to 35 lbs. frequently, able to bend, squat, step up steps to press platform.
- Pushing/pulling using manual pallet jack to move pallets (Av. 1000lbs, 55” high) of paperboard.
- Manufacturing environment, noisy at times (hearing protection required), heated and cooled.


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