It’s their job: Tom Moore, The Print Shop

Name: Tom Moore

Job: Pressman at The Print Shop

Background: Moore graduated from Clovis High School in 1970. He studied human relations at Lubbock Christian University for three years before returning to the Portales area.

Time on the job: 22 years

What does your job entail? I set up presses and prepare them to run a job. I also decide which jobs are priority jobs. I have to group different colors together. I also make sure the other workers have things to do and that they get them done on time. I’m what you might call the foreman in the back of the shop.

What is a typical day on the job like for you? Depending on the workload, I usually start my day deciding what needs to be done first. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I work on the TV Guide, which includes printing, folding, collating, stitching and trimming them. It is also my responsibility to take care of job printing and be aware of deadlines.

Why did you choose this job? It is very fascinating to me, as it allows me to be somewhat creative; I can go pretty much anywhere with this. It is just fun.

What type of training, if any, do you need for your job? I received on-the-job training. My brother-in-law was a printer by trade and taught me. I had two weeks of training before I started.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I enjoy being able to work with my family. My father-in-law owns the shop, my brother-in-law helps run the shop, and my wife works in the front.

Compiled by PNT Correspondent Blake Downs.