Tape Rules Printing-Machine Operator

Set up and operate battery of machines that print graduations and numerals.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tape Rules Printing-Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates battery of machines that print graduations and numerals on steel measuring tapes: Wraps strip of rubber ink-blanket on impression wheel and secures strip ends in slots. Mounts printing dies on type-holding wheel, and turns screw clamp to tighten wrap-around wires. Mounts wheel on machine, using electric hoist. Lifts reel of steel tape onto machine spindle and threads tape through machine. Starts machine and observes printing process. Examines tape rule for defects in printing and compares it with master rule to verify its length and accuracy of graduations. Adjusts cams, using handtools, to print tapes of various lengths. Stops machine and notifies supervisor of printing defects.


Should I be a Tape Rules 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.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Printing-Machine Operator, Tape Rules, Tape Rules Printing Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Tape Rules Printing-Machine Operator

    Tape Rules 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 Tape Rules Printing-Machine Operator-related education!
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