Nov 2012 - Present
Technical Publications Specialist
The Chamberlain Group
Design and upkeep of all technical manuals/instructions for Chamberlain, LiftMaster, and Craftsman Garage and Commercial Door Operators. Working primarily in CS6 and Microsoft Word. Creating detailed illustrations from photos, CAD files, or wiring diagrams as needed, Also work in Flare, a single source program to control content of manuals and make global changes easier. Use of CSS and HTML to control content of files in Flare. Some copy writing. Strong proof reading and checking product for consistency, especially between multiple languages.
Apr 2011 - Nov 2012
Digital Prepress Specialist
Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail
Continue to work at Allegra part time November 2012 to present. Oversee all aspects of graphic/digital prepress. Prepare files for digital printing and set up and make plates for press using Dynastrip. Some design work. Work in Adobe CC, QuarkXpress 10, and Microsoft Office. Strong use of Darwin (Creo, Inc.) and FusionPro Desktop variable-data software for the creation of personalized postcards, letters, etc. Organize workload and meet with other departments to streamline work through the shop. Run Oki envelope printer, Xerox color printers and Canon BW printers.
Nov 2007 - Apr 2011
Graphic Artist/Prepress Technician
Responsible for design-to-print, or prepare-to-print client files for variety of full color and B/W products including brochures, books, posters, business cards, labels, envelopes, etc. Primarily used Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop as well as Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Excel. Strong use of FusionPro Desktop (Printable Technologies Inc., ) variable-data software facilitating the merging of data to printed piece allowing creation of personalized postcards, check vouchers, letters and envelopes, newsletters, etc. Primary output was to Canon 110 (B/W), Canon 8500 (B/W), Canon ImagePress (color), and Xante (color) envelope printers. Also responsible for electronic housekeeping and archiving.
Apr 2007 - Nov 2007
Design and creation of B&W and full color business forms, brochures, carbonless forms, labels, envelopes, and business cards. Also rack cards, post cards, invoices, and laser checks. Set up and print plates using Heidelberg platemaker. Some networking server troubleshooting and maintenance.
Oct 2005 - Apr 2007
Prepared customer files for printing of various labels and forms using Illustrator and Photoshop. UL and CSA approved label conformity. Set up for 1-4 color, foil stamping and embossing. Some design work. Printing of continuous barcode labels and variable data set up. Proof reading and quality control. Some bindery/packaging.
Pima Community College
Am attending Pima Community College to update computer and industry skills – successfully completed several classes towards a degree and still attend periodically on a part-time basis to update skills. Most recently attending Web Design classes.
- Equally proficient with Mac and Windows platforms
- Knowledge of Adobe products up to and including CC (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.)
- Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Publisher, an,d PowerPoint)
- Also experienced in the most current versions of QuarkXpress, Flash, Painter, and Corel
- Knowledge of various drum and flatbed scanners.
Over 15 years of prior experience in the publishing/advertising field with companies such as Kivona Publishing (Tucson, AZ) as a photo retoucher and designer; The Naperville Sun newspaper (Naperville, IL) as a type setter/designer/layout artist; Tradin’ Times ad paper (Hillside,IL) as Assistant Production Manager as well as Graphic Design for Arrends Advertising Agency (Oakbrook, IL). Newspaper typesetting, paste-up, layout, camera work, and page make-up. Also brochure and logo design, type specking, marker rendering and illustration. Additional experience in department record keeping, customer service, and ad sales. Freelanced for Leader Advertising (Naperville, IL) designing job recruitment ads with some illustration and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Magazine (Tucson, AZ) helping design and layout monthly magazine. Designed and created ads, brochures, rate sheets and subscription cards for the magazine. Other experience includes filing and upkeep of computerized records for City Prosecutors Office (Tucson, AZ) and customer service rep for UPS assisting
customers with tracking packages, billing, ordering supplies, and problem solving.