Stamping Press Operator

Operate machines to emboss and imprint product information.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Stamping Press Operators do?

Operates machine to emboss and imprint designs, lettering, numbers, or product information onto surfaces of material, such as paper, cloth, leather, or plastic, using foil, gold-leaf, coated ribbon, or plastic tape, following specifications: Receives verbal instructions, reads work order sheet, or inserts disk in drive of computer and depresses keys to retrieve job order slip with printing instructions on computer screen. Sets heat, pressure, and time controls, according to material to be stamped. Installs and locks character wheel, embossing die, or stamping die in heated chase of machine. Turns on heating element. Inserts reel of specified material, such as foil, gold-leaf, coated ribbon, or plastic tape in holder or on spindle, and threads end through rollers which feed and guide material under die mounted on ram of machine or places sheet of foil over impression. Positions and aligns workpiece under holding arm in bed of hand fed machine or feed hopper of automatically fed machine in position specified on work order or in illuminated window on computerized machine. Starts machine which lowers ram to heated die or character wheel and ribbon to emboss and imprint workpiece and automatically moves coated ribbon with each stroke of machine. May operate machine to imprint trade names, brand, and grade onto leather sweatbands and be designated Sweatband Printer. When printing titles and designs on book covers, is designated Embosser. When imprinting identifying information on battery lids or encasements, is designated Embossing-Press Operator.

Should I be a Stamping Press Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Die Stamping Press Operator

    How to become a Stamping Press Operator

    Stamping 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 Stamping Press Operator-related education!
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