Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
Job Summary
Under moderate supervision, prepares and transforms printable art works for printing in a timely manner using various computers, workstations, and output devices.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Checks incoming files for suitability and prepares art works
  • Imports files into the appropriate application software, edits files to facilitate and assure correct output, and outputs files in proper format to the appropriate output device
  • Burns printables on printing plates
  • Inspects output material to assure conformance to agency specifications and if necessary, contacts designers to clarify requirements and assist in preparing files for use
  • Utilizes integrated print, media and pre-press workflow software
  • Compares completed file to job order to ensure trapping is correct
  • Maintains files of projects and printing plates
  • Performs routine maintenance on assigned equipment
  • Prints and trims large format posters, banners, other projects from Portable Document Format (PDF) files and other customer media; mounts posters on foam boards; applies grommets on banners; and laminates various printed materials
  • Utilizes mounting equipment and specialty cutters
  • Operates other Print Shop equipment as assigned
  • Maintains and monitors supply inventory and inform supervisor when supplies are needed
  • May oversee and coordinate the work of employees on the assigned shift in the absence of the supervisor
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)
  • Functions and operation of computer equipment and large format printers
  • Integrated print, media and pre-press workflow software
  • Software to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in PDF
  • Desktop publishing, typesetting and graphics editor software
  • Web services
  • Basic math and measurements concepts
  • Safety rules for print shops

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)
  • Opening, creating, manipulating, debugging and processing files at the application and postscript level
  • Scanning, sizing, color balancing, manipulating and placing images, as necessary
  • Operating and maintaining various printing equipment
  • Operating and maintaining various products finishing equipment
  • Cutting, trimming and operating various cutting equipment
  • Communicating effectively with others
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Applicable business software applications

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)
  • Perform multiple processes with varying specifications and strong attention to detail
  • Plan and complete work according to established priorities
  • Meet deadlines and productivities requirements
  • Perform minor repairs on finishing equipment
  • Maintain and set up large format printers
  • Understand and follow written jobs instructions
  • Demonstrate good housekeeping
  • Maintain and monitor supply inventory and inform supervisor when supplies are needed
  • Lift up to 50 pounds safely and properly
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications
A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:

  • None Required

  • Four years of relevant experience performing electronic prepress duties, using imposition and various Adobe software and related equipment

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements
  • Must comply with all California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) regulations and utilize approved safety equipment and personal protective gear including, but not limited to, respirators, eye and hearing protective devices (HPD), if and when required
Special Conditions
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions
  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen
  • Stockroom or warehouse
  • High dust, dirt, and/or grease environment
  • High noise environment
  • Work with regular exposure to odors or fumes Constantly
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals, solvents, and/or gases (Frequently Extensive safety training and/or use of protective devices and personal protective gear
  • Work irregular hours, weekends, or holidays

Physical Effort Required
  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Standing
  • Walking (distance 5' to 100')
  • Bending or twisting at the neck, waist and/or knees
  • Intermittently sitting, standing, stooping
  • Light lifting or carrying 25 lbs. or less
  • Moderate lifting or carrying 26-50 lbs.
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) and/or arm(s) in any direction
  • Safely use sharp objects and tools
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required
  • Good distance vision and/or depth perception to judge distances


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This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.