Varitype Operator

Operate electrically powered typewriting machines to typeset master copies.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Varitype Operators do?

Operates one or variety of electrically powered typewriting machines equipped with changeable type fonts to typeset master copies, such as stencils, direct plates, photo-offsets, and tracings, for reproduction of copies having printed appearance: Plans layout of page elements from rough draft or specifications, using knowledge of design. Pastes up preprinted type and reproduction proofs on master layout, using paste and brush. Determines size and style of type, horizontal and vertical spacing, and margins, using knowledge of typesetting. Calculates anticipated dimensions of photo-offset copy to be enlarged or reduced, using arithmetic percentages. Attaches fonts to type holder. Attaches gear to platen to control spacing between lines. Moves lever to control spacing between characters. Sets stops to control right margin. Changes style and size of type by pressing type-change key and turning font from reserve to typing position. May draw decorative or illustrative designs on copy. May lay out and rule forms and charts, using drafting tools.


Should I be a Varitype 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Adjusto-Writer Operator, Flex O Writer Operator, Justowriter Operator, Robotype Operator, Teletype Operator See More

    How to become a Varitype Operator

    Most Varitype 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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