Press Operator

Yakima Herald-Republic
Yakima, WA Full-time
Posted on October 2, 2019



The Yakima Herald-Republic, a part of the Seattle Times company, is searching for a full time Press Operator. This is a non-exempt (hourly) position and reports to the Press Manager in the Operations department.


A press operator works as a member of the press crew to set up, operate and maintain 4 ½ tower shaftless KBA comet web printing press to print daily and commercial products.

In this position, the selected candidate will do (but not be limited to):

  • Roll preparation and hanging of paper rolls.
  • Set up printing press based on diagram of job printing.
  • Operation of computer for setting ink and color register.
  • Cleaning of printing blankets and rollers for up coming press runs.

Qualified candidates should have a minimum of their high school diploma or GED to insure sufficient communication skills. Demonstrated mechanical aptitude. Must be able to adapt to fast paced, deadline environment.

Preferred Experience: Six-year apprenticeship to qualify for journeyman status.

Contact with Others: Other press operators, direct supervision in daily operation by Press Manager or designee.

Pressure of Work: Fast paced, deadline-oriented work. Must be able to adapt to different jobs within the pressroom under normal and emergency conditions, monitor press and react quickly if there is malfunction.
Scope: Follow established quality guidelines and supervisor’s priorities. Bring exceptions to manager’s attention.

Working Conditions: Work takes place in moderately lighted area and environment is seasonally hot and cold. Noise level is high. Ear protection is required. This job involves lifting, bending, climbing, stooping, pushing and pulling. Must use a stairway often during a shift.

As a condition of employment, press operators must become and remain members of the union, District Council No. 2, Local 747M, affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, on or before the 30th day of their employment.

To Apply: Email your resume to

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.