Plastic Printer

Set up and operate presses to print colored designs on rolls of plastic.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Plastic Printers do?

Sets up and operates press to print colored designs on rolls of plastic or plastic-coated material: Positions and clamps printing cylinder on press, using handtools. Pours inks into ink pans and threads plastic film through press rolls. Starts press and turns wheels to adjust pickup, transfer, and printing rolls. Turns rheostats to regulate speed and feed of press, and temperature of drying box. Examines printed sheet to detect defects, such as wrinkles, tears, smeared printing, and uneven color distribution. Cleans and oils press. Repairs or replaces broken or worn parts of press, using handtools. May set print on printing cylinder, and blend colored inks, according to job order.

Should I be a Plastic 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.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Printer, Plastic

    How to become a Plastic Printer

    Plastic 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 Plastic Printer-related education!
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