County of Alameda

Pre-Press Technician (#1853)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$28.06-$28.06 Hourly / $2,104.50-$2,104.50 BiWeekly /
$4,559.75-$4,559.75 Monthly / $54,717.00-$54,717.00 Yearly

Under direction, to operate process camera in preparation of film negatives and to develop and process negatives through the completed process. Operates desktop publishing hardware and software to design, type set, proofread, layout, create graphics to produce forms, newsletters and other material; and to do related work as required.


Incumbents in this classification operate process cameras to prepare negatives for printing or operate desktop publishing hardware and software. The position is located in the Reprographics Division of the Purchasing Department, General Services Agency. Direct supervision is provided by the Assistant Manager, Reprographics.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Operates the process camera prepare line and halftone negatives.

2. Develops, inspects and opaques film negatives.

3. Strips and flats negatives for one and two color printing, including precise registration.

4. Burns and develops metal plates.

5. Makes stats, veloxes and carries out paste-up procedures.

6. Creates and designs newsletters, brochures, forms and other projects from copy and design concepts supplied by others.

7. Accurately typesets and proofreads copy.

8. Operates desktop publishing hardware and software to design and typeset forms, newsletters and other graphics.

9. Scans in, manipulates and retouches photos with appropriate software.

10. Carries out appropriate computer backup procedures, as well as maintains a library, on disk, of forms, logos and related graphics.

11. Troubleshoots computer problems.

12. Provides assistance to ordering departments in the creation and/or design of camera ready art and processes this material for final printing.

13. Keeps accurate time records through keypad system and maintains schedules.

14. Issues requests for materials used in this section and maintains adequate stocks for daily needs.

The equivalent of two years of experience as a journey-level Camera/Plate Technician or operating desktop publishing software and hardware to create, design and typeset forms, newsletters and other material.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Operations of Process Camera.
• Stripping and Flatting film.
• Burning and developing plates.
• Word processing software.
• Design and page layout software.
• Drawing and illustration software.
• Photo manipulation software.
• General computer and print shop operation.


• Operating pre-press equipment.
• Developing film negatives.
• Working with desktop computers.


Abilities: - Continued

• Utilizing word processing page layout, drawing, illustration and photo manipulation software to create newsletters, brochures, forms and other projects.
• Reading and interpreting written instructions.
• Maintaining stock supplies.
• Making minor repairs to equipment.
• Dealing with personnel from all County departments.
• Reading and interpreting written instructions.
• Maintaining stock supplies.

Old document: RMP:nw:Revised: 8/31/76
PR:lm-h:Revised/Retitled: 12/l/82
TAT:pb:Revised/Retitled: 2/24/89
New document: Jobspecs/1853
CSC Date: 2/24/1993


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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