Plate Gauger

Examine and repair engraved printing plates.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Plate Gaugers do?

Examines and repairs engraved printing plates, using plate gauge, cement, and tissue paper: Visually examines plates for defects, such as scratches, broken corners, or broken type. Measures plates to verify specified printing height of type-face, line-engraving, half-tone, and color printing areas. Builds up low spots on plate, using tissue paper and cement. Records type of defect on back of plate and routes plate to repair room.


Should I be a Plate Gauger?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Cartridge Gauger, Firing-Pin Gauger, Loading-Unit Plate Filler, Plate Filler

    How to become a Plate Gauger

    Most Plate Gaugers 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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