Offset-Press Operator II

Tend manually controlled offset presses that print letterings on products.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Offset-Press Operator IIs do?

Tends manually controlled offset press that prints lettering on products, such as dial faces and plastic containers: Rolls machine carriage, equipped with pair of clean and inked cylinders, back and forth over press bed to ink engraved plates or dies and transfer impression to clean cylinder. Positions dial faces or containers in holders in front of engraved plates. Pulls carriage forward so that letters are impressed on clean cylinder and transferred to surface of product. Inspects product for smears, stains, uniform shading, and contrast. Places product on tray and places tray into oven to dry printing ink, or places product on conveyor leading to drying oven. Prints flexible containers on press equipped with airhose; forces air into container with hose to produce solid surface for printing. Periodically washes cylinders with solvent. Spreads ink on cleaned cylinder with spatula. May clean smears and spots from rejects with solvent and reprint them. May change ink, rollers, and die cut to print more than one color.


Should I be an Offset-Press Operator II?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • How to Become an
    Offset-Press Operator II

    Offset-Press Operator IIs 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 Offset-Press Operator II-related education!
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