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American Packaging PrePress Operator in Story City, Iowa

PrePress Operator

Story City, IA (


For over a century, American Packaging Corporation (APC) has been a leading flexible packaging converter for customers throughout North America. We nurture our employees by providing competitive salaries, excellent benefits, 401(k) plans and tuition reimbursement programs. These are just a few reasons why we were named a “Best of the Best” in the Best Workplaces in the Americas awards for 12 years in a row. APC’s longstanding success is fueled from the inside out, and we consistently seek to improve our internal operations to propel that success into the future.

SHIFT: 1st/2nd rotating (7am – 3pm / 3pm – 11pm)

SUMMARY:To prepare and stage press or laminator jobs. Prepress personnel are used in any capacity needed to stage items at any machine. They may retrieve and prepare cylinders for press run and after the press run, clean the cylinders and store them. All of these functions must be performed in the safest, most effective and efficient manner while adhering to established SOP’s and quality standards.


  • Actively participate and embrace in the STOP Safety Program fundamentals and adhere to all safety guidelines and rules to aid APC’s efforts to achieve a zero-accident rate.

  • Participate as a Subject Matter Expert in developing, understanding, and following Standard Operating Procedures and or training documentation.

  • Print and understand each job’s Job Jacket, Print Specification, and Manufacturing Specification and take to the press.

  • Retrieve daily production schedule that identifies which job will run, quantities, priorities, etc. Interpret and act upon information.

  • Detect, report, and resolve all missing or substandard machine parts.

  • Use an automated storage system terminal to retrieve and return cylinders and anilox to storage.

  • Coordinate with Mounting Dept with respect to the production schedule and the staging of jobs. *Applies to Story City, IA COE

  • Assemble and transport print cylinders and aniloxes between printing press and prepress departments.

  • Place cylinders on assembly table and install the gears and journals. Install the pans, applicator pipes, end shields, splash guards and cylinders into the carriage units. *Applies to Roto COE.

  • Return the units to prepress, remove the parts, clean up the cylinders, and store them back into the storage system after a job has run. *Applies to Roto COE.

  • Aid on press set-ups as needed. Assist miscellaneous housekeeping and cleaning responsibilities.

  • Operate daily a core cutter to produce accurate size cores for each scheduled print job.

  • Complete required reports and paperwork. Use a computer terminal.

  • Perform required cleaning tasks - some daily, weekly or monthly requirements.

  • Obtain Power Industrial Truck license(s).

  • Effectively communicate with coworkers throughout all shifts.

  • Attend and participate in all company mandated meetings.

  • Business travel may be required.

  • Any other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: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 required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY:Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arm. The employee is occasionally required to walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

American Packaging Corporation is committed to equal opportunity for all, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. American Packaging Corporation will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified employees and applicants with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you are interested in applying for an employment opportunity and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position please contact our Human Resources department at