Planishing Press Operator

Operate planishing presses to impart finish to plastic sheets.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Planishing Press Operators do?

Operates planishing press to impart finish to plastic sheets: Selects metal plates according to finish desired. Places plastic sheets between metal planishing plates. Slides plates into platens of hydraulic press. Moves controls or inserts circular graph into controlling mechanism of press to heat press to specified temperature and compress plastic sheets between plates. Removes plates from platens after specified time and strips plastic sheets from metal plates, using knife. Examines sheets for defects. Cleans metal plates, using cloths, solvents, or scrapers, or dips plates into vat of hot water, using chain hoist. May adjust heat and pressure controls. May be designated according to purpose of pressing as Sheet Straightener.

Should I be a Planishing Press Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Bushing Press Operator, Plastics-Sheet-Finishing-Press Operator

    How to Become a
    Planishing Press Operator

    Planishing Press Operators 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 Planishing Press Operator-related education!
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