Platen Builder-Up

Glue paper to back of platen cover to raise depressed areas of cover.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Platen Builder-Ups do?

Glues paper to back of platen cover to raise depressed areas of platen cover and reduce clearance between paper and printing head of printing press: Holds platen obliquely to electric light to locate shadowed depressed areas of platen cover, and draws contour rings around depressed areas, using pencil. Cuts out paper to fit within contour lines and cements paper onto back of platen cover to raise depressions in platen cover, using razor blade and paper cement. Examines printed material to detect defects in printing due to platen face cover depressions. Writes requisitions to order supplies.


Should I be a Platen Builder-Up?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Platen Builder-Up

    Platen Builder-Ups 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 Platen Builder-Up-related education!
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