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"Printing Machine Operator"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Set up or operate various types of printing machines, such as offset, letterset, intaglio, or gravure presses or screen printers to produce print on paper or other materials.

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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Printing Machine Operator"

1) Blend and test paint, inks, stains, and solvents according to types of material being printed and work order specifications.

2) Correct misprinted materials, using materials such as ink eradicators or solvents.


3) Examine job orders to determine details such as quantities to be printed, production times, stock specifications, colors, and color sequences.

4) Inspect and examine printed products for print clarity, color accuracy, conformance to specifications, and external defects.

5) Input instructions in order to program automated machinery, using a computer keyboard.


6) Load, position, and adjust unprinted materials on holding fixtures or in equipment loading and feeding mechanisms.

7) Monitor feeding, printing, and racking processes of presses in order to maintain specified operating levels and to detect malfunctions; make any necessary adjustments.

8) Monitor stocks of materials such as paper, ink, and metal in order to maintain supplies during equipment operation.

9) Operate equipment at slow speed to ensure proper ink coverage, alignment, and registration.

10) Pack and label cartons, boxes, or bins of finished products.

11) Pour or spread paint, ink, color compounds, and other materials into reservoirs, troughs, hoppers, or color holders of printing units, making measurements and adjustments to control color and viscosity.

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12) Push buttons, turn handles or move controls and levers to start and control printing machines.

13) Remove printed materials from presses, using handtrucks, electric lifts, or hoists, and transport them to drying, storage or finishing areas.

14) Reposition printing plates, adjust pressure rolls, or otherwise adjust machines to improve print quality, using knobs, handwheels, or hand tools.


15) Select and install printing plates, rollers, feed guides, gauges, screens, stencils, type, dies, and cylinders in machines according to specifications, using hand tools.

16) Set and adjust speed, temperature, ink flow, and positions and pressure tolerances of equipment.

17) Accept orders from customers, calculate and quote prices, and receive payment.

18) Attach cloth to take-up rollers, placing it in feeding position and threading it through equipment as necessary.

19) Clean and lubricate printing machines and components, using oil, solvents, brushes, rags, and hoses.

20) Coordinate printing activities with activities of workers who set up, clean, and feed machines.

21) Direct and monitor activities of workers feeding, inspecting, and tending printing machines and materials.

22) Maintain records of goods produced, supplies used, production costs, and machine maintenance and repair activities.

23) Monitor and control operation of auxiliary equipment used to assemble and finish products.

24) Place printed items in ovens to dry or set ink.

25) Place spools of thread or wire on holders, and thread through machines.

26) Position knives at specified distances from edges of plastic material in order to trim excess material from edges.

27) Pour ink into pans, and smooth paint onto stencils, using flat-bladed knives.

28) Prepare and treat lithographic plates with various chemicals to clean and preserve plates and fix images.

29) Provide assistance in the design and layout of forms and materials to be printed.

30) Repair, maintain, or adjust equipment.

31) Requisition supplies, materials, and equipment, and receive stock when it arrives.

32) Squeeze or spread ink on plates, pads, or rollers, using putty knives, brushes, or sponges.

33) Thin printing compounds, using specified thinners.

34) Apply glue or tape to holes in screens in order to repair leaks.

35) Measure screens, and use measurements to center and align screens in proper positions and sequences on machines, using gauges and hand tools.

Job Description for "Printing Machine Operator" continued here...

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

"Printing Machine Operator"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  NA        SOC:  51-5023.00


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