County of Alameda

Offset Equipment Operator,Trainee (#1858)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$20.35-$20.35 Hourly / $1,526.25-$1,526.25 BiWeekly /
$3,306.88-$3,306.88 Monthly / $39,682.50-$39,682.50 Yearly

Under close supervision, as a Trainee, to assist in all phases of offset machine operation by performing the less difficult work; to do unskilled miscellaneous work in the various operations of the Central Services Division of the Purchasing Department; and to do related work as required.


This is an entry-level class for persons with demonstrated aptitude and ability to learn the work of an Offset Equipment Operator. In addition to observation and study, the employees in this class performs simple and routine tasks involved in the operation and maintenance of offset equipment.

Employees in the higher level class of Offset Equipment Operator II are fully experienced operators who may reproduce multi-color copies using any weight, size or variety of paper within the capability of the machine.

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. Learns to recognize the names, grain, sizes and printing characteristics of paper; learns to operate an offset process camera and prepares press ready copy; learns the operation, image characteristics and sizes, motion, capabilities, adjustments and cleaning of offset equipment; learns to perform routine maintenance on presses.

2. Assists a journey-level operator in the operation of a press; makes press ready, loads, operates, maintains and adjusts the machine.

3. Assists in the operation of an offset process camera; sets up and adjusts camera; makes masters by direct exposure and burning methods.

4. Assists in bindery work, as needed; collates by hand and machine; folds, pads, drills, cuts, staples, perforates, glues and wire stitches.


Successful completion of a one-semester course in print shop (the equivalent of one month of full-time experience may be substituted for the required training).

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/Ability to:

• Learn quickly the principles and techniques of offset
equipment operation.
• Correctly perceive color and spatial relationships.
• Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
• Demonstrate an aptitude for offset work.

Special Requirement:

Freedom from color blindness.

Old document: PR:lm-h
Revised/Retitled: 12/1/82
New document: Jobspecs/1858
CSC Date: 12/15/1982


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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