Ruling Machine Set-Up Operator

Set up and operate ruling machines to draw lines.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Ruling Machine Set-Up Operators do?

Sets up and operates ruling machines to draw lines on tablets, notebooks, looseleaf fillers, and index cards according to specifications: Reads job orders to determine settings. Installs and adjusts machine parts, such as slitting knives, trimming blades, ruling heads, discs or pens, printing reels, belts, and gear, using handtools. Sets guides, feed rollers, punching units, and other machine parts to accommodate size and style of material being produced. Mixes ink compounds, fills ink wells, and turns valves to regulate flow of ink. Places stacks of paper sheets on feedboard of machine or installs rolls of paper in roll-fed machine and turns handwheel to adjust cutting mechanism that cuts product to specified length. Sets counter when printing sheets for looseleaf fillers. Starts machine for test run. Examines lines being drawn to detect variations in line width or color tone, and measures dimensions of product, using tape rule, to ensure conformance to specifications. Makes adjustments as required. Starts machine and observes operation of machine during production run. Inserts pieces of cardboard and sheets of printed paper into stacks of lined sheets at specified intervals to provide backs and fronts when making tablets. Stops machine when malfunction occurs, corrects malfunction, or notifies other worker of malfunction. Cleans machine parts, using solvent. May oversee workers in supplying paper stock to machine. May operate roll-fed machine, equipped with paper cutter and two sets of ruling heads or pens to draw horizontal and vertical lines, and be designated L-Type-Ruling-Machine Operator.


Should I be a Ruling Machine Set-Up 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: L-Type-Ruling-Machine Operator, Ruling Machine Operator, Straight Ruling Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Ruling Machine Set-Up Operator

    Ruling Machine Set-Up 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 Ruling Machine Set-Up Operator-related education!
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