Printing Apprentice - Flexo

At Chicago Tag and Label, providing custom printed products to our customers is essential to the function and operation of our company.  The candidate for this position will need to learn to perform duties which will enable them to set up and operate cylinder type press for high speed, two sided printing of labels, tags and forms.  They will have the general responsibilities:

  • Train to work from shop orders, specifications and instructions. 
  • Check and verify paper stock for job runs, mount and web paper through prescribed operation sequence and make setups for two sided, multiple color and multiple layer printing and processing.
  • Adjust feed guides, grippers and elevator, synchronize feed and timing for multiple part and layer mating and adhesion and mount and adjust plates to cylinder. 
  • Adjust and align adhesives applications, slotting, slitting and perforating dies, die cutters, machine controls, inking and feeders and repack cylinders as required. 
  • Make initial run, checking printing and register, make final adjustments to correct press and obtain approval for run. 
  • Regulate ink flow, adjust equipment during run to avoid register slippage or poor impression and color register and maintain quality standards. 
  • Remove printed material, place in containers or cartons, load and move to designate locations. 
  • Clean press and press are, lubricate press periodically, clean rollers and plates and change ink at end of press run as required. 
  • Notify supervisor of unusual equipment or operating problems.

The qualities and skills which will be necessary are:

  • High school diploma
  • Three months similar experience or equivalent education (Recent successful completion or current enrollment in classes in mechanical/technical fields)  
  • Excellent math, ruler, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to differentiate color
  • Experience with and ability to work efficiently with hand tools and measuring instruments
  • Ability to use a computer
  • Mechanical inclination
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. several times daily
  • Ability to work standing and walking and visually inspect product as it is manufactured
  • Interest in hands-on work operating printing equipment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and work cooperatively with others
  • Good memory
  • Detail oriented
  • Work ethic reflecting sense of urgency.  Follow safety rules
  • Ability to keep work area organized and clean

Positions are available on the following shifts:

1st shift – 6:45 am to 3:15 pm or  2nd Shift – 3:00 pm to 11:30 pm

We are a local, well established company with thousands of continuously satisfied customers whom we have accumulated and served for over 60 years. We have an outstanding reputation in the market area and long-standing business relationships with many of our clients. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Join our team and give yourself a chance to grow in the excellent work environment.

PRESS HELPER

The Press Helper will be responsible for inspecting and packaging product as it comes off the press. Further, the Press Helper will do any work needed to reduce the amount of non-productive work that Press Operators would otherwise need to do in order to get their presses running. Non-productive work includes cleaning, packaging, moving product, and getting press parts and accessories. His/her time will be allocated based on the urgency of the task at hand. Performing a wide variety of duties in the pressroom will provide the Press Helper with the knowledge needed to advance to become a Press Operator trainee or a Pre-Press set-up person.

Specific Duties:

  • Inspect product as it comes off the press, at maximum press speeds.
  • Package product as it comes off press, at maximum press speeds.
  • Wash ink pumps, ink trays, and chamber blade units, and place them on the appropriate storage carts.
  • Maintain the ink pumps, hoses, ink trays, and chamber blade units.
  • Clean and lubricate the portable press accessories, such as fan-folders, sheeter tables, and turret rewinders.
  • Clean the presses and press areas.
  • Assisting press operators in wash-up and set-up.
  • Cut cores.
  • General pressroom housekeeping.
  • Any other task as requested by the Press Operator or Supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work with tools / mechanical inclination.
  • Willingness to work with dirty press parts and ink.
  • Ability to read a ruler.
  • Ability and willingness to learn press operations.
  • Ability to accomplish tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work in a safe and organized manner.
  • Ability to work constructively with co-workers and superiors.
  • Excellent attendance

We are a local, well established company with thousands of continuously satisfied customers whom we have accumulated and served for over 60 years. We have an outstanding reputation in the market area and long-standing business relationships with many of our clients. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Join our team and give yourself a chance to grow in the excellent work environment.