Probably one of the most misunderstood parts of a job, in this case the printing industry, is a well defined job descrption. Usually a pressroom manager is taken from one of the head pressman and is promoted to oversee the entire offset printing establishment. From a knowledge perspective, this is great. No one understands the equipment more.
The problem however arises in exactly what he is supposed to do. Being a manger and running a press are two completely different animals. The problem is that the assumption is made that the pressman will automatically fit into this position. Nothing could be further from the truth.
For a pressman to make the transition from being a pressman to a pressroom manager requires something that running a machine cannot qualify him for: Good people skills.
I finally found a good article that defines this difference. It’s written by someone who was a pressman and a pressroom manager for many years so here is what a pressroom manager should do.
As a pressman, I’ve worked for those with good people skills and worked under the tyranny of those that don’t.