Press Operator

Job Description

Press Operators safely and efficiently perform printing-related tasks. They must have the knowledge and skills of associated machinery to identify and prevent issues and an artistic eye for proper color and other aesthetics. Press Operators perform equipment setup and minor maintenance. 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and calibrate machinery for printing and other tasks 
  • Operate machinery and maintain press to meet product specifications
  • Check printed material for proper color and other aesthetics
  • Examine and interpret blueprints and sketches for product specifications
  • Calibrate and conduct repairs and modifications on machinery 
  • Follow all safety protocols
  • Ensure proper maintenance, safety, and functioning of all equipment

Education and Background

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers typically prefer job candidates with an associate degree or certification from a technical program. 

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to perform tasks and utilize machinery
  • Knowledge of technical and mechanical processes and terminology 
  • Proficiency in operating heavy machinery
  • Ability to interpret and understand complex documents
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Manual dexterity 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Physical stamina and strength 

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Press Operator with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $29,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $35,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $36,000
  • Miami, Florida: $32,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $32,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $40,000
  • Houston, Texas: $42,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $35,000
  • New York City, New York: $44,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $40,000
  • Overall: $39,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $35,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $45,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: 
  • Miami, Florida: $39,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $36,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $44,000
  • Houston, Texas: $45,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $51,000
  • New York City, New York: $50,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $45,000
  • Overall: $45,000

Similar Titles

  • Press Machine Setter 
  • Press Machine Tender 

Career Path

The path to becoming a Press Operator begins with earning a high school diploma or equivalent. Some employers may prefer job candidates with a certification or associate degree from a technical program. It is common for Press Operators to advance to positions relating to machinery setup or maintenance. 

Position Trends

The Flexographic Technical Organization offers professional skill and knowledge development opportunities, such as modules covering pertinent topics and certification programs. 

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Press Operator field should grow nine percent from 2018 to 2028, which is an average growth rate. 

Typical Hours

Typical hours for this position are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in a factory setting. 

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