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Plate Maker

Brand:  SGK
Company:  Matthews International Corporation
Line of Business:  Schawk

Appleton, WI, US, 54915


The Plate Maker performs a variety of tasks related to producing polymer printing plates of varying thickness from polymer sheet material.

  • Sorts and prioritizes orders by due date and plate thickness.
  • Inspects and cleans film negatives prior to beginning polymer processing to avoid imperfections in the plates.
  • Reviews order to determine plate material and thickness.
  • Arranges film layout to optimize use of the exposure area and tapes film together.
  • Determines exposure times necessary to produce quality plates.
  • Operates exposure unit, batch processor and dryer/finishing unit to process polymer plates.
  • Checks plate's appearance to make sure it is free from defects.
  • Maintains work area and equipment in a clean and orderly condition, monitors and corrects unsafe conditions. 
  • Follows prescribed safety regulations.
  • Maintains inventory control to ensure that plate and processing materials are always on hand and available for the manufacturing process.
  • Provides backup coverage for the following Depts: Shipping/Receiving and the Proofing Dept.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED) preferred
  • 1+ years of previous experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Basic degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
  • Basic analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills.
  • Basic verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning).
  • Basic understanding and application of mathematical concepts.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients.
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work with and influence peers and management.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.
  • Possess a mechanical aptitude; ability to use a large variety of hand tools and basic knowledge of power tools, forklifts, welding equipment, and cutting torch.
  • Ability to work overtime as necessary.
  • Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk, hear and see. 
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, extreme cold & heat, risk of electrical shock, and toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • The noise level in the work environment may be high.

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

Schawk, a division of SGK Brand Solutions, produces the brand assets required to represent brands accurately and consistently in print and online to help brands deploy their products to markets worldwide quickly, efficiently and consistently. SGK Brand Solutions is a leading global brand development, activation and deployment provider that helps companies drive brand performance by improving top-line growth and bottom-line efficiency through the delivery of solutions by six sub-brands: Brandimage, Anthem, Equator Design, IDL Worldwide, Schawk and Saueressig. SGK Brand Solutions is a (MATW) Matthews International company. 

Matthews International affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.  Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled. 

Nearest Major Market: Appleton
Nearest Secondary Market: Oshkosh