Decorating Machine Operator

Tend automatic ceramic-decorating machines.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Decorating Machine Operators do?

Tends automatic ceramic-decorating machine that prints single or multicolored pictures or designs on cylindrical glass or plastic containers: Positions precut stainless steel stencils in machine and adjusts roller guides that hold container in place during printing process. Pours premixed paint into ink reservoir. Turns valves to regulate temperature of paint and to regulate flow of paint onto stencil. Smooths paint onto stencil, using flat-bladed knife. Empties cartons of containers onto conveyor that feeds them into machine automatically. Starts machine that rotates container under stencil and ejects printed containers on moving conveyor. Inspects printed containers to ensure that printing is clear and free of smudges.


Should I be a Decorating Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Decorating-Machine Tender, Offset Duplicating Machine Set Up Operator

    How to Become a
    Decorating Machine Operator

    Decorating Machine Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Decorating Machine Operator-related education!
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