Linotype Operator

Operate machines to cast complete lines of types from type metals.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Linotype Operators do?

Operates machine to cast complete lines of type from type metal and deposit them in galley in composed form for printing: Starts type-casting mechanism and adjusts marginal stops and gauge to regulate length and thickness of lines to be cast. Reads copy and presses keys of keyboard to select matrices of letters from magazine which are assembled into words. Moves lever to cast line and deposit it in galley when line is complete. Transfers lines of type, with copy, to composing or bank table for making proof copy. Sets new lines of type to correct errors as indicated on proofsheet. Places pigs of metal on feed chain of melting pot to replenish supply.


Should I be a Linotype Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Blue-Line Operator, Intertype Operator, Line Camera Operator, Linotyper, Linotype Worker, Linotypist See More

    How to become a Linotype Operator

    Most Linotype Operators have an Associate's degree or a Certificate. Chart?chd=s:g9daaa&chl=no+college+%2826%25%29|certificate+%2850%25%29|associate%27s+%2824%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,26,50
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