Screen Printing Machine Operator

Operate screen machines that fold and bond edges of vinyl sheets.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Screen Printing Machine Operators do?

Operates screen machine that folds and bonds edges of vinyl sheets to reinforcing strips and punches holes in strips to form shower curtains: Selects roll of vinyl specified on work order, inserts metal cylinder in roll, positions roll in holding brackets of machine, and turns knobs to secure cylinder. Fills cylinder with air to prevent slippage of roll during machine operation, using airhose. Cuts lead end of vinyl with scissors to straighten end and attaches end to material in machine, using tape. Adjusts guides that fold edges of vinyl and solvent release mechanism that seals folded edges, using handtools. Turns knobs to set heat level of rollers that press and seal folded edges of vinyl. Inserts roll of vinyl reinforcing strip in holder above press of machine, and pushes end of strip onto chain that automatically positions strip for bonding to and reinforcing lead end of vinyl sheet. Pushes button to start machine and measures vinyl in machine to verify width specified on work order, using tape measure. Flips switches to activate feed chains that automatically pull vinyl and reinforcing strip into position under press, and to lower press that cuts, punches holes in, and presses and bonds strips against vinyl to form shower curtains. Observes movement of vinyl through machine and adjusts machine periodically to eliminate detected defects.


Should I be a Screen Printing Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Screen Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Screen Printing Machine Operator

    Screen Printing Machine 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 Screen Printing Machine Operator-related education!
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