Photocomposing Perforator Machine Operator

Operate automatic photocomposing-perforator machines.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Photocomposing Perforator Machine Operators do?

Operates automatic photocomposing-perforator machine equipped with keyboard to copy data from manuscript onto tape used in photocomposing machine: Inserts paper tape in perforator. Clips copy in copy holder and starts perforator mechanism. Sets indexed dials to select line length, type size, film feed, and type face specified on manuscript. Depresses keys of keyboard to perforate coded signals in paper tape for subsequent activation of photocomposing machine. Removes perforated tape from perforator. Important variables are trade names of system operated. May operate similar machine equipped with video display terminal to edit and correct perforated tape as indicated by PROOFREADER on reproduction proof.


Should I be a Photocomposing Perforator Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Card Punching Machine Operator, Cold Type Composing Machine Operator, Composing-Machine Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Photocomposing Perforator Machine Operator

    Most Photocomposing Perforator Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9pcaaa&chl=no+college+%2878%25%29|certificate+%2819%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,78,78
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