CAREER

Printing Press Operators

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$37,880

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-13.3% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Printing Press Operators Do

Set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.

Other Job Titles Printing Press Operators May Have

Digital Press Operator, Flexographic Press Operator, Offset Press Operator, Offset Pressman, Press Operator, Pressman, Printer, Printing Press Operator, Printing Pressman, Web Press Operator

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration.
  • Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions.
  • Adjust ink fountain flow rates.
  • Verify that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job.
  • Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments.

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