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Printing Press Operators

Also called: Press Operator, Pressman, Printer, Printing Press Operator

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What they do:
Set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.
On the job, you would:
  • Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments.
  • Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions.
  • Verify that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Graphics software
  • Image editing software
Desktop publishing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe LifeCycle Production Print ES3


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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