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Printing Press Operators

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 37930/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.24/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 9,500
    • Yearly Projected Openings 860

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: 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
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Printing presses
    • Platemakers
    • Offset printing presses
    • Air dryers
    • Adjustable wrenches

    Technology

    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Document management software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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