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Printing Press Operator

277

Statewide
Job Postings
179th

Out of 439
Jobs In-Demand
5,140

Currently Employed
in Indiana
$13.28 - $21.75

Avg. Hourly Wage
Indiana
$12.79 - $21.93

Avg. Hourly Wage
USA
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Printing Press Operator - Indiana Regions Overview:

The graph above shows that there were 277 job postings for the occupation of Printing Press Operator in Indiana during 2013 and 2014. The vertical bar chart shows which regions had the most demand for Printing Press Operator. These numbers represent current demand as advertised in online job postings and do not necessarily indicate projected job growth in the future. Nevertheless, these numbers are a valid barometer for gauging recent job demand statewide and regionally in Indiana.

Top 3 Certifications

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What Printing Press Operator Do:

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

Common Job Activities:

  • 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.
  • Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration.
  • Change press plates, blankets, or cylinders, as required.
  • Obtain or mix inks and fill ink fountains.
  • Load presses with paper and make necessary adjustments, according to paper size.
  • Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls.
  • Secure printing plates to printing units and adjust tolerances.
  • Clean ink fountains, plates, or printing unit cylinders when press runs are completed.
  • Adjust digital files to alter print elements, such as fonts, graphics, or color separations.
  • Monitor automated press operation systems and respond to fault, error, or alert messages.
  • Clean or oil presses or make minor repairs, using hand tools.
  • Adjust ink fountain flow rates.
  • Input production job settings into workstation terminals that control automated printing systems.
  • Maintain time or production records.
  • Download completed jobs to archive media so that questions can be answered or jobs replicated.
  • Download or scan files to be printed, using printing production software.
  • Direct or monitor work of press crews.
  • 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.
  • Control workflow scheduling or job tracking, using computer database software.

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