Print Line Operator

Operate tandem machines to print wood grain designs on furniture.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Print Line Operators do?

Operates tandem print-line machine to smooth, paint, and print wood grain designs on surface of furniture, composition-wood dimensional panels, or hardboard panels: Confers with supervisor or reads production schedule to determine panels to be processed. Selects printing cylinders according to production schedule and installs cylinders on machine, using hoist and handtools. Gives directions to workers engaged in feeding, inspecting, and removing panels to ensure that sanding, painting, and printing of panels conforms to specifications. Fills reservoir of printing unit with ink or stain. Tests viscosity of paint in painting unit by timing flow of paint through porous container, using watch. Pushes buttons to start individual units, and observes units to detect malfunctions. Turns knobs and handles or pushes buttons to adjust sanding, painting, and printing of panel surfaces. Occasionally assists maintenance personnel in disassembly and reassembly of individual units. Maintains record of ink and paint used. May blend stains to obtain color and viscosity specified by job order. May add catalyst or solvent to paint, utilizing experience, to achieve specified viscosity of paint.


Should I be a Print Line Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Lithoduplicator Operator, Quick Print Operator

    How to become a Print Line Operator

    Print Line 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 Print Line Operator-related education!
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