Rising Star Interviews

Do You Like to Work with Machines?

Jay Krudchke, Press Operator, The Lauterbach Group

Muskego High School, Muskego, WI


What are your job duties?

Set up, maintain and operate a printing press.


When you were in high school, what were your favorite subjects and activities?

Metal class, woods and automotive classes.


What first got you interested in working in the print industry?

Every day is a new challenge and it is an interesting field.


How did you decide on your career path?

Through a friend in the same field.


How did you prepare for your position? Did you go to college/technical school or take any special classes or participate in on-the-job training?

On-the-job training.


What do you like best about your work?

Career opportunities.


What is a typical workday like?

Look over the current job, talk to previous operator make any adjustments if needed.


What is the most interesting part of your job?

The different daily challenges.


What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Overcoming daily obstacles with machinery, etc.


What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Satisfaction that the job was done correctly.


Where do you see your career taking you in 5 years?

Possible management position.


What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about a career in the print industry?

Be ready and eager to learn. Absorb as much knowlege that you can. Keep an open mind, be on time and respectful.