Press Operator apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Press Operator

Press Operator apprenticeship

DOT code: 862.281-022, AIMS code: 0414

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Performs any combination of following duties to assist printing press operator to make ready, operate, and maintain roll-fed (web) or sheet-fed, single-or-multicolor flatbed, cylinder, offset, flexographic, or web press: Assists press operator to install paper packing sheets on impression (back-up) cylinder, fasten reinforcing bars to metal printing plates and offset blankets, and install plates and blankets on press cylinders, using handtools and power tools. Adjusts machine parts, such as feed and delivery mechanisms, suction grippers, guides, feed wheels, jogging device, tapes, and cams as directed by press operator, using handtools. Lifts and positions roll of paper in feed mechanism, using chain hoist, or positions skid of unprinted sheets on feed device, using handtruck or electric lift-truck. Removes loaded skid of printed material from stacking mechanism, using handtruck, and replaces with empty skid. Fills fountains with ink paste, using spatula. Tends press in absence of press operator. Observes mechanical operation and indicating gauges, such as ammeter and air pressure gauges to ensure that specified operating levels are maintained and makes specified adjustments or notifies press operator when malfunction occurs. Assists in lubrication of press, using grease gun and oilcan. Assists press operator to remove and replace worn rollers and adjust pressure between rollers, using handtools. Cleans ink and distributing rollers, ink fountains, and printing type, using cleaning solvent, brush, and rags. Cleans press and work area, using vacuum cleaner, brush, and airhose. Keeps daily time, production, and material usage reports. Assists in exposing and developing printing plates. Regulates temperature of gas-fired drying units.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Learn safety procedures around press 250
B. Keep floor, press boards (catwalks) and press area free of paper, oil, grease, ink and solvents 500
C. Maintain and operate various types of feeders 500
D. Maintain, operate and help set up various types of dampening systems 1000
E. Maintain and clean the inking system safely and properly 500
F. Set up and maintain the delivery and care for the static and spray system 1000
G. Recognize the danger of not mixing chemicals properly and safely 250
(Every 2,000 hours =
one year) total hours:

Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.