If you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where teamwork is encouraged, we’d like to work with you!

Ladysmith Press is a leading offset printing plant dedicated to delivering high-quality printed materials to our clients. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and commitment to excellence. We are currently seeking a skilled and dedicated Plate Room Operator to join our team. This position is at our Ladysmith, British Columbia, production facility. The successful applicant is responsible for the preparation and processing of printing plates for our offset printing operations. This role involves the use of specialized equipment and software to ensure that plates are created accurately and efficiently, in line with production schedules and quality standards.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operate plate-making equipment to produce high-quality plates for offset printing.
  • Perform pre-press tasks including file preparation, imposition, and proofing to ensure accuracy and quality of final plates.
  • Inspect plates for defects, inconsistencies, or errors and make necessary adjustments to ensure they meet company standards.
  • Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of plate-making equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Maintain accurate records of plate production, including job tickets, work orders, and inventory of materials.
  • Work closely with the pre-press and printing teams to ensure seamless workflow and timely production schedules.
  • Adhere to all safety guidelines and procedures to maintain a safe working environment.


  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a plate room or pre-press environment within the printing industry.
  • Proficiency with plate-making equipment and software (e.g., RIP software, imposition software).
  • Strong eye for detail and ability to spot errors and inconsistencies.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues with plate-making equipment.
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively collaborate with team members.
  • Ability to lift and move materials up to 50 lbs and stand for extended periods.
  • Experience with CTP (Computer-to-Plate) technology would be an asset but not necessary.
  • Knowledge of color management and printing processes.
  • Familiarity with industry-standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite

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This pre – press opportunity is a full-time position, offering a highly competitive wage of $23 per hour, plus benefit plan, retirement plan with company match, paid time off and opportunities for professional development and growth.

Ladysmith Press is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Join our team and be part of a dynamic and innovative printing plant where your skills and expertise will make a significant impact!

Qualified applicants should send a resume to:

Kerri Morris

Production Manager


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Only those candidates shortlisted will be contacted.