Proof Press Operator

Make ready and operate proof presses to make proofs of type setup.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Proof Press Operators do?

Makes ready and operates proof press to make proofs of type setup: Places galley of type on bed of press. Depresses pedal to move ink roller over face of type or applies ink, using hand roller. Places sheet of paper on type and depresses pedal or turns crank to pass rollers over paper to obtain proof of type setup. Removes proofsheet from press and delivers it to PROOFREADER. May print reproduction proofs of type and illustrating cuts on transparent film or glossy paper, to be used in lithographic plate making. May be designated according to type of press operated as Lithographic Proofer; Offset-Proof-Press Operator.

Should I be a Proof Press Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Bag Press Operator, Box Press Operator, Color-Control Operator, Cut-Press Operator, Job Press Operator See More

    How to become a Proof Press Operator

    Proof 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 Proof Press Operator-related education!
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