Press OperatorJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends
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.
Sample job description #1
In this role you will…
Be responsible to safely operate, set up, and care for the printing press machines and direct the press assistants to ensure continuous improvements in customer satisfaction.
Read and follow daily press schedule to meet daily production needs
Legibly and accurately record activities on required documentation and in the daily activities log books
Set up and record run condition reports for each job completed
Properly and safely use all tools necessary to set up each job as efficiently and with as little waste as possible
Read and understand customer order and artwork
Track all setup, downtime, and run time on the production report and by using Axapta or shop floor
Accurately scan and process all materials going on and coming off of the machine
Run the order as quickly and efficiently as quality allow
Mark or flag all press stops, splices, and misprints during the run and keep an accurate Flag report for each roll
Remove and properly dispose of all flying splices and defects on rewind position or master roll
Monitor print quality during the run using the auto defect detection system. (AVT SYSTEM)
Responsible for the cleanliness of the press and the area around the press
Report any and all mechanical issue he encounters during the shift
Regular attendance is required
Prepare and direct press assistant in the staging of the next job
Help train and teach in any or all of his responsibilities
Monitor and hold assistant accountable for their responsibilities
Minimal job requirements:
High school diploma or equivalent (GED) required
At least 5+ years of wide web flexographic printing experience required
Ability to grasp and understand product layout sheets and how to read artwork
Operator must understand the difference between good and bad print based off of all provided materials: Artwork, PLS, Wo, Separations, and Color master folder
Must have a clear understanding of how to use the quality checklist and of its importance
Must understand the Spectro densitometer
Must have a clear understanding of the company’s digital work flow
Understand with ability to perform, teach, and direct the essential functions of all press positions
Ability to propel self across multiple surfaces, including concrete, carpeting, and linoleum
Standing 10 to 12 hours on solid surface, walking on uneven surfaces 10 to 12 hours; bending, kneeling, squatting 8 to 10 hours
Reaching with arms up and down, side to side; use hands to finger, feel, or handle objects 12 hours
Close vision, peripheral vision and depth perception with ability to discern color and texture; 10 to 12 hour
Ability to hear warning bells and forklift engine; 12 hour
General: Must have good safety awareness and judgment. Effective time management skills with ability to multitask, self-organize, and prioritize tasks; high attention to detail with ability to meet deadlines; ability to work independently to reach goals and successfully partner with others to meet customer requirements; ability to obtain and maintain proficient knowledge of and capability with all tools, machines and software required to perform essential functions.
Computer Skills: Average ability to accurately type using a computer monitor and/or keyboard.
Language Ability: Spanish bilingual helpful, but not required. Ability to be understood when speaking English, listen to and understand spoken English; read and interpret customer specifications written in English. Ability to write daily logs in English. Ability to speak effectively to communicate quality concerns or production issues.
Math Ability: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals to ensure proper measurements before/after production.
Reasoning Ability: Able to apply common sense understanding to carry out multiple instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Able to deal with problems involving several variables.
Work Environment: The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy. Must have the ability to wear required Personal Protective Equipment when required to be in production areas, including hair/beard net, cutting gloves, and safety glasses, as appropriate. Must be able to stand or walk 75% or more of workday. Must have ability to work in a hot or cold environment around ink or chemicals with protection.
Sample job description #2
This role is responsible to safely and efficiently retrieve, clean, trim, and pack parts.
Key duties and responsibilities
Understand quality specifications of all parts/products through product guidelines
Perform required secondary work on all parts/products (e.g., hot stamp, snaps)
Complete first piece inspection on secondary orders
Read and understand quality control instructions
Read and understand work packet/order
Ability to recognize and react accordingly to shorts, flash, splay, contaminants, etc. and complete process variance
Safe and efficient operation of hand tools, scales, and other relative equipment
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Knowledge, skills, or abilities desired
Must be able to read, write, and speak English fluently
Product knowledge, including material and identification knowledge
Must be able to successfully complete all respective work instructions
Math: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Sample job description #3
Produce a consistently high quality product within acceptable standard waste and time rates
Understand schedules and how to complete necessary paperwork
Install cylinder and dies, and ensure proper anilox, tensions, die cut, and stripping on each job
Follow standard operating procedures and work instructions for each jo
Maintain quality, productivity, and waste according to set standards.
Perform routine press maintenance
Requires education equivalent to two (2) years of high school
Knowledge of and the ability to effectively utilize the English language
Math skills including the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
Regular attendance is required. May be required to work some overtime
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for a press operator is $39,750 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
New York City, New York
Sample interview questions
Please share what equipment you have recently learned to use.
Describe a time where you have successfully serviced a printing press.
How much experience do you have as a press operator?
How confident are you that you would be able to fix [Example Problem] under stress?
What are some skills you have that will allow you to succeed in your position as a press operator?
What are elements of the printing press that you are the most knowledgeable about?
How would you describe the ideal work style for a printing press operator?
If the printing press breaks, how would you go about troubleshooting and fixing it?
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