Machine Silk-Screen Printer

Tend silk screen machines that print designs, patterns, or letterings.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Machine Silk-Screen Printers do?

Tends silk screen machine that prints designs, patterns, lettering, or other images on assorted materials and products, such as glassware, ceramics, metal, plastic, or electronic components: Bolts framed silk screen onto machine, and installs and adjusts workpiece holding fixture, stops, and guides, using handtools, ruler, and workpiece pattern. Attaches squeegee to pneumatic drive mechanism, using wrench, and connects air line to mechanism. Regulates air pressure and manipulates squeegee to adjust pressure and angle of sweep. Applies printing compound to screen, using spatula or brush. Places workpiece in or on holding fixture, presses button to lower screen, and depresses pedal or pushes button to activate squeegee. Observes silk screen and workpiece to detect printing defects caused by ripped screen and applies glue to rip to repair screen. Cleans silk screen, using brush and solvent. May thin printing compound, using specified thinner. May tend firing oven to dry printed workpiece. May sharpen squeegee on sanding machine. May transfer image of original artwork to screen, using vacuum printer. May be designated according to type of machine tended as Decorating-Machine Tender; Squeegee-Machine Tender; or Stenciling-Machine Tender. May tend machine that screen-prints circuit pattern and nomenclature on printed circuit board panels used in fabricating PCB’s and be designated Screen-Printing-Machine Tender, Printed Circuit Boards

Should I be a Machine Silk-Screen Printer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Automatic-Silk-Screen Printer, Machine Silk Screen Printer, Screen-Printing-Machine Tender, Printed Circuit Boards See More

    How to Become a
    Machine Silk-Screen Printer

    Machine Silk-Screen Printers 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 Machine Silk-Screen Printer-related education!
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