IMAGING TECHNICIAN

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We are looking for a Photo imaging tech for a contract position onsite between 30-40 hours per week as needed. The right candidate will have experience with RIP's specifically Prinergy. See below for full details and email rhmartinez@aquent.com with resume

To fulfill general digital and conventional work requests related to the preparation, modification, and output of images and/or text, meeting Society quality standards, schedules, and quotas established by supervisors for various areas of the lab. Imaging Technician work may include some or all of the following tasks: Scanning and retouching of images for low- to high-end use; inspecting scanned files for quality; preparing digital images for output to four-color press (i.e., prepress tasks), inkjet printers, and photographic printers; transmitting images via the internet or FTP; preflighting customer-supplied files; layout and design of printing projects; print mounting and finishing; data archiving and data management; consulting with customers.
Note that the percentage of time spent by a technician on the various duties outlined below will change according to each individual’s main focus, which can fall under one of these five categories: Scanning, Image Editing, Printing/Finishing, Prepress, and Design/Service Bureau.
As with all Imaging staff, the Imaging Technician is expected to be available to work additional hours and weekends during peak production times, such as during the busy Christmas holiday buying season. During November and December, all Imaging employees are considered essential staff as defined in the NGS Policies & Practices Guide. Moreover, all Imaging staff are subject to be assigned tasks other than their normal duties in order to meet sales and production demands.

Principal Responsibilities
1. Prepare files correctly for final stages of production, be that printed output or delivery of digital images to customer. Essential to this stage is performance of quality control on images to assure that specifications are met, color is accurate, and all defects such as dirt, lint, and dropped data have been corrected. Intended output may range from CMYK inkjet printing or projects going to press such as books, magazines, flyers, and ads, to RGB images for Lambda photographic printing or use in Web applications. Included in the QC duties is the need to preflight, troubleshoot, and fix customer files received in the service bureau and other areas of the lab. CMYK printing projects require the technician to compose final pages for press with all high-resolution images correctly scaled and linked to production files.
2. Perform basic file management duties, including: Conversion from original format to various other production formats (TIFF, JPEG, EPS, PDF, etc.); proper storage of files on servers during production as well as organized archiving of final files; file delivery via FTP, shared server, or portable media.
3. Be constantly aware of and meet all feasible production deadlines; be conversant in other graphic arts, pre-press, and editing terminology within the lab so as to more effectively operate as part of a team; be able to communicate well and act as a knowledgeable, customer-focused representative of Imaging in face-to-face meetings, color reviews, and consultations with clients.
4. Have the ability to send and process files through the Lambda photographic printer and processor, and output to any of several inkjet and laser printers in the lab. Technician must also be able to laminate prints to substrates such as foam board and mounting board, and trim product to required size. Technician should be able to handle basic maintenance and simple repair of any of the machines used in these operations.
5. Scan images using various flatbed scanners, drum scanners, and digital cameras to produce images meeting customers’ color specifications (e.g., bright and pleasing color, match original transparency, and so on). Clean and edit scanned images to National Geographic standards to remove obvious defects using common methods and retouching software such as Adobe Creative Suite in either CMYK for press or RGB for photographic printing or web use, as required.

Knowledge & Skill Requirements
• Must understand graphic arts and photo reproduction methods and products, be skilled in preparing images and files for four-color and photographic printing, and be able to modify and convert files in various common formats.
• Must be competent working with both Macintosh and PC platforms. Technician must have the technical skills necessary to navigate the Society’s network.
• Technical digital imaging skills that are required include an in-depth understanding of color theory and how to apply it to the scanning and retouching process.
• Technician must be a self-directed learner, and must be able to work in a team-based environment. Needs to be detail-oriented, and flexible enough to handle any of a wide variety of tasks on short notice.
• Must have a good eye for design, aesthetics, and typography, plus the ability to use appropriate layout software tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXPress).
• Knowledge of RIPs—especially Prinergy and GMG—would be highly desirable.