Line-Up Examiner

Examine proof sheets to detect errors in position and alignment.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Line-Up Examiners do?

Examines proof sheets to detect errors in position and alignment of type, page elements, margins, trim, and fold areas: Positions proof sheet on glass top of lighted, line-up table. Moves geared straightedges into position over proof copy to verify alignment of printed material, page, position, and folio continuity. Compares colors on proof sheet with standard color key to verify specified color register. Records degree and direction plates or type must be shifted to correct alignment, or marks corrective information on proof sheet. Draws trim, stitch, and fold lines for bindery processes and plate trim lines for stereotype and electrotype plate fabrication, using straightedge and printer’s line gauge.


Should I be a Line-Up Examiner?

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.

  • How to become a Line-Up Examiner

    Line-Up Examiners 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 Line-Up Examiner-related education!
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