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Mac & Barco Operator

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Provides high quality preparation of production ready packaging computer files for the final stages of prepress to provide customers with highest quality of technical workmanship.

Duties & Responsibilities

Trapping & Assembly:

• Receives product definitions from sales/CSR’s and reviews required trapping, stepping of file, colour, special marks
• Applies required traps, holdbacks, overprints, knockouts, minimum type and line thickness accordingly.
• Creates traps based on experiential trapping knowledge for different types of printing to ensure customer jobs print properly.
• Manipulates files to match customer specs.
• Places proper marks, colour bars, distortion gauges and scale boxes on jobs.
• Accesses server volumes where jobs are located and resaves them to the volumes.
• Accesses typefaces for each particular job to ensure quality of work.
• Step, repeat and apply distortion and cutbacks when applicable .

Completed Job Quality Control Check:

• Checks job to ensure basic mark positions correct including centres, corner trims, screen scales, punch marks, job name, colour designations and logo, if applicable.
• Measures job trim to trim to calculate length and width and any distortion.
• Prepares film bag to hold film and a “Proofing Request” form with proofing and colour instructions for the in-house proofer.
• Performs a Quality Control check list and attaches to film bag as part of QC processes.

Pre-flight and Organization of Incoming Jobs:

• Checks customer’s supplied file when starting a new job and compares it to the supplied hard copy for any differences and size conformity.
• Ensures that all necessary typefaces and placed art are present in-house.
• Verifies colours used and checks the resolution of any CT’s.


• Completes documentation to ensure jobs are accurately tracked and communicated for internal purposes.
• Archives jobs once the file has been completed.
• Ensures all required files associated with job are archived in tandem and all relevant documentation completed.

Knowledge & Skills Required:

• Completion of high school with college preferred with a focus on graphics or computers.
• Excellent MAC computer skills, including knowledge of MAC stripping.
• Proven experience using MAC software including Illustrator, and Photoshop.
• Understanding of traps (including size and application), and processor maintenance activities.
• Reliable team player.
• Strong interpersonal skill and customer service focus.
• Strong communication skills (both verbal and written)
• Good organizational skills.
• Ability to work and problem solve independently.
• Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.

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