Typesetter-Perforator Operator

Operate keyboard of tape perforator machines to type visible proof copy.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Typesetter-Perforator Operators do?

Operates keyboard of tape perforator machine to type visible proof copy and copy data from manuscript onto tape used for producing automatic type composition: Secures roll of tape and blank stationery in machine magazine. Turns adjustment screws to set indicator scale that controls counting mechanism according to type size and width of line to be composed. Positions copy in copyholder and depresses keys on keyboard to punch tape. Observes justification points on indicator scale to determine when to end line. Removes completed roll of tape for delivery to typesetting machines. May be designated by type of machine operated as Justowriter Operator.


Should I be a Typesetter-Perforator Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Computer Typesetter, Electronic Typesetting Machine Operator, Terminal Make Up Operator, Terminal System Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Typesetter-Perforator Operator

    Most Typesetter-Perforator Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9pcaaa&chl=no+college+%2878%25%29|certificate+%2819%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,78,78
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