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

Basic Job Description:

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

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Duties / Tasks
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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Printing Press Operator"

1) Obtain or mix inks and fill ink fountains.

2) Secure printing plates to printing units and adjust tolerances.


3) Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration.

4) Clean ink fountains, plates, or printing unit cylinders when press runs are completed.

5) Clean or oil presses or make minor repairs, using hand tools.


6) Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments.

7) Adjust digital files to alter print elements, such as fonts, graphics, or color separations.

8) Adjust ink fountain flow rates.

9) Change press plates, blankets, or cylinders, as required.

10) Download or scan files to be printed, using printing production software.

11) Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions.

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12) Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls.

13) Input production job settings into workstation terminals that control automated printing systems.

14) Load presses with paper and make necessary adjustments, according to paper size.


15) Monitor automated press operation systems and respond to fault, error, or alert messages.

16) Verify that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job.

17) Control workflow scheduling or job tracking, using computer database software.

18) Direct or monitor work of press crews.

19) Download completed jobs to archive media so that questions can be answered or jobs replicated.

20) Maintain time or production records.

21) Monitor environmental factors, such as humidity and temperature, that may impact equipment performance and make necessary adjustments.

22) Monitor inventory levels on a regular basis, ordering or requesting additional supplies, as necessary.

23) Set up or operate auxiliary equipment, such as cutting, folding, plate-making, drilling, or laminating machines.

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

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

"Printing Press Operator"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  NA        SOC:  51-5112.00


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