Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

    Trimble Technical

    Printing Press Operator is one of the career choices for this career focus.
    Printing press operators control the machines that print images, text, and designs. They help produce newspapers, magazines, brochures, and other printed materials.


    • Earnings Range: $10 – 26/Hour

    Level of Education

    • High School
    • 2-Year College or Technical Training

    Core Tasks

    • Prepare the machinery by adjusting the pressure, inking the presses, and loading paper
    • Monitor presses as they run, adjusting the feed and tension controls when needed
    • Move printed materials to folding, cutting, and assembling machines
    • Some load computer files and run laser printers and computerized copiers in small shops

    Attributes & Abilities

    • Willing to continually update your education
    • Good vision
    • Communication skills
    • Math and computer skills
    • Detail-oriented


    • Work for newspaper publishers, commercial printing firms, and businesses and organizations that do their own printing
    • The work is physically and mentally demanding
    • May work evenings and nights
    • Pressrooms are noisy and workers may need to wear ear protectors
    • Potential hazards include injury from presses and skin irritations from inks, solvents, coatings, and lubricants

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    High School Certification Options in Fort Worth ISD

    Counted Towards Performance Acknowledgement:
    Adobe Certified Associate- Photoshop;
    Adobe Certified Associate-Illustrator;
    Adobe Certified Associate-InDesign