A digital press operator typically works in the printing and publishing industry, operating a digital press that produces various printed materials assigned by their employer. A digital press operator usually is responsible for operating more than one piece of digital press equipment at one time, including maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair. Digital press operators typically work in indoor environments on a variety of shifts that typically are eight to 12 hours long and may be first, second, or third shift depending on the production capabilities and demand of the employer.
Commonly used programs in this line of work include Indesign, Quark Xpress, Adobe Creative Suites, Adobe Photoshop, Preps Imposition, and Adobe Illustrator; a digital press operator must be familiar with them. Digital press operators are also expected to have an eye for detail and an ability to maintain a high level of quality in their work. Good organizational skills and problem solving skills are mandatory, as is the ability to work under a tight deadline. Experience with PC and Mac computer operating systems is usually preferred.
The educational required to work as a digital press operator is a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. Working conditions usually require that a digital press operator be able to lift up to 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time. Color blindness is generally not allowed for digital press operators, and many employers may require a vision screening prior to employment.
Digital Press Operator Tasks
- Update ink, material, paper, and other inventories to ensure smooth operations.
- Quality inspect products and ensure accurate rendering.
- Interpret orders and load printing press to correctly produce products.
- Document products, materials, and problems.