Printing press operators are responsible for maintaining and operating the press, checking materials and specifications, reviewing work orders, adjusting the printer, and performing routine maintenance. They also keep records of materials produced and supplies used.
A printing press operator’s primary responsibility is the proper operation and maintenance of the press. Pressing machine operators install and adjust the printing plate, prime the ink, and prime the pressure rollers in the press. Those occupying this position also ensure that the material to be published meets the required specifications of the work in question. They check factors such as ink color, paper size and alignment of margins on the page.
An essential part of the printing machine operator’s job description is reviewing work orders. Each job to be printed will have its own unique requirements, and it is up to the press machine operator to ensure that the final product meets these requirements. This implies a complete assessment of the needs stipulated by each specific work order. The printing machine operator prepares the press for the number of copies to be made, defines the colors and the sequences in which those colors will be applied, and determines how long it will take to produce a specific job. It also ensures that there are enough supplies, such as paper and ink, to successfully meet work order specifications.
Printing machine operator jobs are highly detailed. The machine operator oversees all aspects of the printing process in the pressroom and must constantly keep an eye on the printer, ensuring it is running smoothly and printing properly. He or she will have to adjust the level of pressure exerted by the pressure rollers, adjust the positions of the printing plates, configure the paper feed guides, and clear paper jams that can waste valuable printing time.
The printing machine operator’s duties also include the maintenance and routine maintenance of the printer. Using specialist knowledge and skill, the operator keeps tabs on the printer’s ink levels, refilling as needed and adjusting control levels, including thickness or thickness, to create the appropriate print effect. The operator also keeps the paper feed well stocked with paper and orders any supplies the print room may be running low on.
Those looking for a printing machine operator job should also be prepared to keep records around the printer and publishing process. The operator keeps a record of all materials produced, supplies used on a given job, and details of any maintenance for the printer. This helps the company determine the cost of production and plan accordingly for future publications.