Trainee Plate Maker

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

Saint Louis, MO, US, 63132

Req ID:  11547


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

This position is for 2nd shift (2pm to 10:30pm CST) with overtime potential. First month of training will be on day shift (7am to 3:30pm) with an additional 8 weeks of training on 2nd shift.


  • 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, thickness, all digital specifications. 
  • Arranges film layout to optimize use of the exposure area and tapes film together. 
  • Determines exposure times necessary to produce quality plates. 
  • Operates lasers, exposure unit, batch processor and dryer/finishing unit to process polymer plates. 
  • Performs quality checks on the plates to ensure they meet specifications  
  • 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.
  • Slip sheet finished plates before delivering to the shipping department. 
  • 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.

At Matthews International, we believe in a world of inspired possibilities. We believe that taking pride in our past inspires growth for the future. And that we all have a responsibility to explore new ways of thinking, working and advancing our craft.  

Globally headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Matthews International is home to a global network of employees operating in three distinct industries—SGK Brand Solutions, Memorialization and Industrial Technologies. We care deeply about what they do each day—because when we’re inspired, we can inspire others. We can make difference that goes beyond expectations—for our clients, our community and our company. 

Our dedication, drive and determination empower creativity and give us strength to transform inspired possibilities into inspiring realities. This is strengthened by our values which are fundamental to our business and guide how we work—to demonstrate integrity, cultivate employees, be our best, innovate and live the Matthews spirit. 

Nearest Major Market: St Louis