Printing Press Operators
SOC: 51-5112.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
173,000 employed

Projected (2024):
151,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • 1st Pressman
  • 1st Pressman On Web Press
  • 2nd Pressman
  • 3rd Pressman
  • Aniline Press Worker
  • Assistant Offset Press Operator
  • Assistant Pressman
  • Back Up Machine Operator
  • Backer
  • Bag Press Operator
  • Bag Printer
  • Balloon Design Printer
  • Batteryman
  • Ben-Day Artist
  • Binding Printer
  • Block Printer
  • Box Press Operator
  • Box Printer
  • Braille Transcriber
  • Bronzer
  • Calico Printer
  • Carton Stamper
  • Cellophane Press Operator
  • Cloth Printer
  • Cloth Printing Back Tender
  • Collating Machine Operator
  • Collator
  • Collator Operator
  • Computer Typesetter-Keyliner
  • Copper Plate Printer
  • Coverer
  • Cut and Print Machine Operator
  • Cut Pressman
  • Cut-Press Operator
  • Cutting and Printing Machine Operator
  • Cylinder Press Operator
  • Cylinder Press Operator Apprentice
  • Decorating Equipment Setter
  • Decorating Machine Operator
  • Design Printing Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Design Printing Machine Setter
  • Devil Dog
  • Die Mounter
  • Die Stamping Press Operator
  • Digital Color Press Operator
  • Digital Press Operator
  • Digital Print Operator
  • Digital Printer Operator
  • Digital Production Operator
  • Duplex Trimmer
  • Electrotype Caster
  • Electrotype Finisher
  • Electrotype Molder
  • Electrotyper
  • Electrotyper Apprentice
  • Embosser
  • Embosser Apprentice
  • Embossing Machine Operator
  • Embossing Press Operator
  • Embossing Press Operator Apprentice
  • Embossograph Operator
  • Engraver Set-Up Operator
  • Engraving Press Operator
  • Engrosser
  • Feeder
  • Flexo Operator
  • Flexo Press Operator
  • Flexographic Press Operator
  • Flexographic Press Set-Up Operator
  • Flexographic Printing Press Operator
  • Floor Covering Printer
  • Folding Rules Printing Machine Operator
  • Form Designer
  • Forwarder
  • Galley Worker
  • Gilder
  • Glove Printer
  • Gold Blower
  • Gold Layer
  • Gold Leaf Printer
  • Gravure Press Operator
  • Gravure Press Set-Up Operator
  • Head Bander and Liner Operator
  • Identification Printing Machine Setter
  • Info Print Press Operator
  • Ink Printer
  • Instant Print Operator
  • Job Hand
  • Job Press Operator
  • Job Printer
  • Job Printer Apprentice
  • Journeyman Press Operator
  • Journeyman Pressman
  • Kelly Machine Operator
  • Label Printer
  • Large Sheetfed Press Operator
  • Laser Printing Operator
  • Lead Press Operator
  • Lead Pressman
  • Lead Pressman-Roto Gravure Printing
  • Letterer
  • Letterpress Setter
  • Letterset Press Set-Up Operator
  • Line-Up Examiner
  • Lithoduplicator Operator
  • Lithograph Press Feeder
  • Lithograph Press Operator
  • Lithograph Printer
  • Lithographic Press Operator
  • Lithographic Proofer Apprentice
  • Lithographing Machine Operator
  • Lithoplate Maker
  • Machine Carton Marker
  • Machine Engraver
  • Machine Printer
  • Machine Sign Writer
  • Machine Silk Screen Printer
  • Mandrel Press Hand
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Marbler
  • Marker
  • Marking Machine Operator
  • Master Printer
  • Metal or Wood Blocker
  • Microfiche Duplicator
  • Mounter
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Grapher
  • Name Plate Stamper
  • Nipping Machine Operator
  • Offset Duplicating Machine Operator
  • Offset Duplicating Machine Set Up Operator
  • Offset Lithographic Press Operator
  • Offset Lithographic Press Setter
  • Offset Lithographic Press Setter and Set-Up Operator
  • Offset Machine Operator
  • Offset Press Operator
  • Offset Pressman
  • Offset Printer
  • Offset Printing Operator
  • Offset Printing Pressmen
  • Offset-Press Operator
  • Offset-Press Operator Apprentice
  • Pantograph Setter
  • Paper Products Printer
  • Photo Offset Printer
  • Photoengraving Sketch Maker
  • Photographic Process Screen Maker
  • Pin Ticket Machine Operator
  • Plastic Printer
  • Plate Printer
  • Plate Sensitizer
  • Plate Setter
  • Platen Press Feeder
  • Platen Press Operator
  • Platen Press Operator Apprentice
  • Precision Printing Worker
  • Prepress Proofer
  • Press Assistant
  • Press Feeder
  • Press Helper
  • Press Leader
  • Press Operater
  • Press Operator
  • Press Operator Apprentice
  • Press Operator Assistant
  • Press Operator Helper
  • Press Operator Printing
  • Press Technician
  • Pressfitter
  • Pressman
  • Pressroom Foreman
  • Print Line Operator
  • Print Operator
  • Printer
  • Printer Apprentice
  • Printer Assistant
  • Printer Slotter Operator
  • Printer's Devil
  • Printing Machine Operator
  • Printing Offset Duplicating Machine Operator
  • Printing Plate Setter
  • Printing Press Machine Operator
  • Printing Press Operator
  • Printing Press Operator Apprentice
  • Printing Pressman
  • Proof Press Operator
  • Proofer
  • Ratoprinter
  • Roller Operator
  • Roller Print Tender
  • Rolling Machine Operator
  • Rotary Lithographic Press Operator
  • Rotary Screen Printing Machine Operator
  • Roto Gravure Press Operator
  • Rotogravure Press Operator
  • Rotoprinter
  • Rounder
  • Rounder Hand
  • Rounding Machine Operator
  • Rubber Printing Machine Operator
  • Screen Making Technician
  • Screen Print Operator
  • Screen Printer
  • Screen Printing Equipment Setter
  • Screen Printing Machine Operator
  • Screen Printing Machine Operator Helper
  • Screen Printing Press Operator
  • Semiconductor Package Symbol Stamper
  • Sheetfed Press Operator
  • Silk Printer
  • Silk Screen Operator
  • Silk Screen Printer
  • Silk Screen Printer Helper
  • Silk Screen Processor
  • Silk Screener
  • Six Color Press Operator
  • Sketch Maker
  • Specialty Materials Printing Machine Setter/Set-Up Operator
  • Stamper
  • Stamping Press Operator
  • Steam Table Worker
  • Steel Die Press Set Up Operator
  • Steel Die Printer
  • Steel Plate Printer
  • Stencil Machine Operator
  • Stencil Printer
  • Stereotype Caster
  • Stereotype Finisher
  • Stereotype Molder
  • Stereotyper
  • Stippler
  • Strickler Attendant
  • Strike Off Machine Operator
  • Strip Machine Operator
  • Striping Machine Operator
  • Tab Card Press Operator
  • Tab Cutting Machine Operator
  • Tag Press Operator
  • Tape Rules Printing Machine Operator
  • Tension Worker
  • Textile Screen Maker
  • Textile Screen Printer
  • Ticket Printer
  • Ticketer
  • Tinning Machine Set Up Operator
  • Tinware Lithograph Press Operator
  • Tip Printer
  • Top Printing Press Operator
  • Transfer Machine Operator
  • Type Caster
  • Type Copyist
  • Typesetter
  • Vigoureux Printer
  • Wad Printing Machine Operator
  • Wallpaper Printer
  • Web Feeder
  • Web Offset Press Feeder
  • Web Press Operator
  • Web Press Operator Apprentice
  • Web Press Roll Tender
  • Web Pressman
  • Webfed Offset Press Operator


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language


  • Tasks:

  • Adjust digital files to alter print elements, such as fonts, graphics, or color separations.
  • Adjust ink fountain flow rates.
  • Change press plates, blankets, or cylinders, as required.
  • Clean ink fountains, plates, or printing unit cylinders when press runs are completed.
  • Clean or oil presses or make minor repairs, using hand tools.
  • Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments.
  • Download or scan files to be printed, using printing production software.
  • Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions.
  • Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls.
  • Input production job settings into workstation terminals that control automated printing systems.
  • Load presses with paper and make necessary adjustments, according to paper size.
  • Monitor automated press operation systems and respond to fault, error, or alert messages.
  • Obtain or mix inks and fill ink fountains.
  • Secure printing plates to printing units and adjust tolerances.
  • Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration.
  • Verify that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job.
  • Control workflow scheduling or job tracking, using computer database software.
  • Direct or monitor work of press crews.
  • Download completed jobs to archive media so that questions can be answered or jobs replicated.
  • Maintain time or production records.
  • Monitor environmental factors, such as humidity and temperature, that may impact equipment performance and make necessary adjustments.
  • Monitor inventory levels on a regular basis, ordering or requesting additional supplies, as necessary.
  • Set up or operate auxiliary equipment, such as cutting, folding, plate-making, drilling, or laminating machines.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable crescent wrenches
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air knives
  • Allen wrenches
  • Back joggers
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Chain hoists
  • Claw hammers
  • Collating equipment
  • Color separation scanners
  • Conductivity indicators
  • Cutting equipment
  • Densitometers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital copiers
  • Digital letterpresses
  • Digital printing presses
  • Drift punches
  • Drum scanners
  • Ear muffs
  • Ear plugs
  • Electric lifts
  • External drum imagesetters
  • Flat-bed imagesetters
  • Flexo presses
  • Flexographic presses
  • Folding equipment
  • Gravure presses
  • Grease dispensing guns
  • Grease guns
  • Hand trucks
  • Handheld magnifiers
  • Hoists
  • Infrared dryers
  • Internal drum imagesetters
  • Laminating machines
  • Laminators
  • Laptop computers
  • Large format printers
  • Letter presses
  • Line gauge rulers
  • Material conveyors
  • Materials conveyors
  • Measuring tapes
  • Micrometers
  • Multicolor presses
  • Numbering machines
  • Offset presses
  • Offset printing equipment
  • Offset printing plate processing equipment
  • Packing gauges
  • Pad printing machines
  • Pallet jacks
  • Paper cutting machines
  • Paper drills
  • Paper folders
  • Paper joggers
  • Perforators
  • Personal computers
  • pH indicators
  • pH testers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Photopolymer platemaking equipment
  • Platemaking equipment
  • Platen presses
  • Power paper cutters
  • Printing densitometers
  • Printing micrometers
  • Printing platemakers
  • Printing spectrophotometers
  • Printing stackers
  • Process cameras
  • Putty knives
  • Ratchet sets
  • Ratchets
  • Roll-fed offset presses
  • Safety glasses
  • Screen printing presses
  • Sheet-fed presses
  • Sheetfed presses
  • Shrink wrap machines
  • Silk screen vacuum printer frames
  • Slotted screwdrivers
  • Stackers
  • Stapling machines
  • Stitching equipment
  • Strapping machines
  • Thermal book binders
  • Thermal platemaking equipment
  • Torpedo levels
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Web presses
  • Workstation platforms
  • AABACH Graphic Systems DIGRA
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe LifeCycle Production Print ES3
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Electronics for Imaging EFI Monarch
  • Electronics for Imaging EFI Pace
  • Email software
  • Enfocus PitStop Pro
  • Graphics software
  • Image editing software
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Job scheduling software
  • Job tracking software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Printers Software Inc. Presidio
  • Printing management system software
  • QuarkXPress
  • Word processing software
  • Xerox FreeFlow Print Server
  • Xerox ProfitQuick


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220