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Quad Platemaker Spoke in Saratoga Springs, New York

A leading global provider of print and media solutions, Quad/Graphics is powered by a passion for innovation and the most advanced platform in the industry. Our collaborative team of “can-do” people continually challenge the status quo, creating groundbreaking solutions that push the boundaries of communications.


The Spoke Offset Plate maker is responsible for bending digital plates for all presses in a specific location and inspecting for quality. Trouble shooting equipment, general maintenance and clean-up of the area and working with internal and external customers to support the printing process.


  • Bending digital plates for all presses in a specific location

  • Maintain platemaking equipment Including but not limited to daily and weekly processor maintenance

  • Troubleshoot equipment and process issues as they arise

  • Check plates for Quality

  • Track or move job components through production using Smart tools


  • Spoke Plate makers – are responsible for location specific templates, plates and Equipment Maintenance


Appropriate education and/or experience may be substituted on an equivalent basis


  • High School diploma or GED (Equivalent training and experience would be adequate)


  • 1-3 months experience

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • None

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Basic working knowledge of computer systems used in Plate room (MAC OS/Windows OS & Imaging Job Control, DVS plater and Load board)

  • Basic Mechanical skills

  • Work schedules necessary to meet the production needs – shifts may vary. Overtime as required

  • Knowledge of Press layout configurations for example Saddle Stitch, Perfect Binding, Gatefolds, half and ¾ webs.

  • Basic understanding for workflows and procedures in area

  • Ability to read, comprehend and write instructions, correspondence and present information when necessary

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in units of measure


Manual Dexterity: Work requires definite skilled and accurate physical operations requiring some closely coordinated performance.

Physical Effort: Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time. Work requires regularyly lifing and/or moving up to 50 pounds and occasionally having to move over 100 pounds

Working Conditions: Operator will work in a tempature controled enviroement, PPE is required for hands while handling plates and eyes while working on the processor

Hazards: Handling of chemicals is involved, including acids, caustics, and petroleum-based solvents Propper PPE is required when handling.


  • Accuracy in creating digital plate surfaces

  • Understanding all plate room equipment and how to trouble shoot it

  • Dealing with internal and external customers

Additional Company Information

We offer excellent benefits to eligible employees, including 401(k), holidays, vacations and more.

Quad is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to creating a place of belonging — a space where employees do not need to sacrifice who they are to exist and grow in our workplace. Quad does not discriminate on any unlawful basis including race, religion, color, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Quad also prohibits harassment of applicants and employees based on any of these protected categories.

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