Offset press operators have a hands-on position operating heavy machinery in production lines and factories (typically involving paper packaging). The offset press is used to create packaging for products that includes the large-scale production of consumables. To operate an offset press, an individual must be able to use a computer to run the program controlling the machine; the computer is programmed by the operator, who determines the exact specifications required and sends the commands to the machine itself, which begins printing and cutting patterns. In addition to programming the computer, offset press operators are in charge of performing safety checklists, as well as lifting, loading, and inspecting various materials.
This position requires heavy lifting in most cases to ensure the machine is fed properly, and operators are often required to work on their feet for long shifts to meet production deadlines. The offset press operator typically works alongside other factory workers, spending most of their time working with an assistant offset press operator.
A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent may be required or preferred for this position, and training may be provided on the job; however, previous experience may be required or preferred. Offset press operators generally work at a designated work station where they can control the offset press; most of their time is spent in this small work area within a large factory.
Offset Press Operator Tasks
Interpret print jobs to prioritize, organize, and set up machines and workflow.
Inventory and order press supplies.
Clean, maintain, and stock printing presses.
Inspect products for quality and conformance to specifications.
Adjust press quality, ink, pressures, loads, and mounts to produce desired product.