Press Operator

The Press Operator inspects printed material during production and changes controls to correct printing mistakes. Operates and maintains a web press to produce printed materials. Being a Press Operator typically reports to a supervisor. May require a high school diploma or its equivalent. Working as a Press Operator typically requires 1-3 years of related experience. May be entry level if some experience in the skill. Gains or has attained full proficiency in a specific area of discipline. Works under moderate supervision.

Press Operator Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Press Operator to join our team.


  • Troubleshoot, diagnose, repair and maintain assigned machines and equipment as needed for maximum product quality and operational efficiency;
  • Operating injection molding machines;
  • Using a molding press;
  • Loading and unloading all parts from paint line as needed;
  • General warehouse duties;
  • Other duties as assigned;
  • Operating presses;
  • Other jobs as assigned;
  • Pouring materials into press;
  • Examine completed workpieces for defects, such as chipped edges or marred surfaces and sort defective pieces according to types of flaws;
  • Set stops on machine beds, change dies, and adjust components, such as rams or power presses, when making multiple or successive passes;
  • Work closely and communicate well with customer service, technical sales, manufacturing and outside die vendors;
  • Spray molds and place metal inserts into molds;
  • Inspecting product for qaulity and defects;
  • Packing molded parts into required packaging.


  • Frequent: kneeling, sitting, squatting, fine and gross upper body motor movement;
  • Frequent lifting: 0 to 30 pounds;
  • Must be able to lift and reach overhead to remove and install blankets, spraybars and rollers on upper units weighing up to 50 pounds;
  • Ability to handle repetitive work for long periods of time;
  • Ability to read gauges and measuring devices;
  • Must be able to climb stairs multiple times to plate, make-ready and make adjustments to upper unit and folder;
  • HS Diploma or GED;
  • Must be available to work extended hours including nights, weekends, and holidays and to be on call for emergencies;
  • Must be well organized, self-motivated, a team player, possess initiative and be able to work with minimal guidance;
  • Protective gear required (steel-toed shoes, safety glasses);
  • Ability to stand continuously and lift up to 50 pounds;
  • Must have steel-toed boots;
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings and models;
  • Must be able to read tape measure;
  • Ability to make part to part comparisons as a means of monitoring part conformance.