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Printing Press Operators

Printing Press Operators

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

A Short Version of this test is available.   What's the Difference?

Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Printing Press Operators (Short)

Printing Press Operators

Set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments.
  • Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions.
  • Verify that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job.
  • Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration.
  • Change press plates, blankets, or cylinders, as required.
  • Obtain or mix inks and fill ink fountains.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - fabricate printing plates
  • Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls.

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Printing Press Operators Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Printing Press Operators test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking and Attention to Detail
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:51-5112.00
Simulation Context:Technician-Oriented
O*Net Context:Production
Price:40 Credits (Add 5 Credits for Online Proctoring if Used)
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2019)
Bottom 10%:
$23,830 or less
Bottom 25%:
$28,840 or less
$36,910 (Average)
Top 25%:
$47,400 or more
Top 10%:
$58,740 or more

Hourly US Wages (2019)
Bottom 10%:
$11.46 or less
Bottom 25%:
$13.86 or less
$17.74 (Average)
Top 25%:
$22.79 or more
Top 10%:
$28.24 or more

US Employment Statistics
2028 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:15,800

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Mechanical
  • Production and Processing
  • Mathematics
  • English Language
Top Skills
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equipment Maintenance
Top Abilities
  • Near Vision
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Information Ordering
  • Visualization
  • Visual Color Discrimination
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Written Comprehension
  • Deductive Reasoning
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
1 - 3 Months:
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
More than 10 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: 1st Pressman, 1st Pressman On Web Press, 2nd Pressman, 3rd Pressman, Aniline Press Worker, Assistant Offset Press Operator, Assistant Pressman, Back Up Machine Operator, Backer, Bag Press Operator, Bag Printer, Balloon Design Printer, Batteryman, Ben-Day Artist, Binding Printer, Block Printer, Box Press Operator, Box Printer, Braille Transcriber, Bronzer, Calico Printer, Carton Stamper, Cellophane Press Operator, Cloth Printer, Cloth Printing Back Tender, Collating Machine Operator, Collator, Collator Operator, Computer Typesetter-Keyliner, Copper Plate Printer, Coverer, Cut and Print Machine Operator, Cut Pressman, Cut-Press Operator, Cutting and Printing Machine Operator, Cylinder Press Operator, Cylinder Press Operator Apprentice, Decorating Equipment Setter, Decorating Machine Operator, Design Printing Machine Set-Up Operator, Design Printing Machine Setter, Devil Dog, Die Mounter, Die Stamping Press Operator, Digital Color Press Operator, Digital Operator, Digital Press Operator, Digital Print Operator, Digital Printer Operator, Digital Production Operator, Duplex Trimmer, Electrotype Caster, Electrotype Finisher, Electrotype Molder, Electrotyper, Electrotyper Apprentice, Embosser, Embosser Apprentice, Embossing Machine Operator, Embossing Press Operator, Embossing Press Operator Apprentice, Embossograph Operator, Engraver Set-Up Operator, Engraving Press Operator, Engrosser, Feeder, Flexo Operator, Flexo Press Operator, Flexographic Press Operator, Flexographic Press Set-Up Operator, Flexographic Printing Press Operator, Floor Covering Printer, Folding Rules Printing Machine Operator, Form Designer, Forwarder, Galley Worker, Gilder, Glove Printer, Gold Blower, Gold Layer, Gold Leaf Printer, Gravure Press Operator, Gravure Press Set-Up Operator, Head Bander and Liner Operator, Identification Printing Machine Setter, Info Print Press Operator, Ink Printer, Instant Print Operator, Job Hand, Job Press Operator, Job Printer, Job Printer Apprentice, Journeyman Press Operator, Journeyman Pressman, Kelly Machine Operator, Label Printer, Large Sheetfed Press Operator, Laser Printing Operator, Lead Press Operator, Lead Pressman, Lead Pressman-Roto Gravure Printing, Letterer, Letterpress Setter, Letterset Press Set-Up Operator, Line-Up Examiner, Lithoduplicator Operator, Lithograph Press Feeder, Lithograph Press Operator, Lithograph Printer, Lithographic Press Operator, Lithographic Proofer Apprentice, Lithographing Machine Operator, Lithoplate Maker, Machine Carton Marker, Machine Engraver, Machine Printer, Machine Sign Writer, Machine Silk Screen Printer, Mandrel Press Hand, Manufacturing Assistant, Manufacturing Associate, Manufacturing Operator, Marbler, Marker, Marking Machine Operator, Master Printer, Metal or Wood Blocker, Microfiche Duplicator, Mounter, Music Copyist, Music Grapher, Name Plate Stamper, Nipping Machine Operator, Offset Duplicating Machine Operator, Offset Duplicating Machine Set Up Operator, Offset Lithographic Press Operator, Offset Lithographic Press Setter, Offset Lithographic Press Setter and Set-Up Operator, Offset Machine Operator, Offset Press Operator, Offset Pressman, Offset Printer, Offset Printing Operator, Offset Printing Pressmen, Offset-Press Operator, Offset-Press Operator Apprentice, Pantograph Setter, Paper Products Printer, Photo Offset Printer, Photoengraving Sketch Maker, Photographic Process Screen Maker, Pin Ticket Machine Operator, Plastic Printer, Plate Printer, Plate Sensitizer, Plate Setter, Platen Press Feeder, Platen Press Operator, Platen Press Operator Apprentice, Precision Printing Worker, Prepress Proofer, Press Assistant, Press Feeder, Press Helper, Press Leader, Press Operator, Press Operator Apprentice, Press Operator Assistant, Press Operator Helper, Press Operator Printing, Press Technician, Pressfitter, Pressman, Pressroom Foreman, Print Line Operator, Print Operator, Printer, Printer Apprentice, Printer Assistant, Printer Operator, Printer Slotter Operator, Printer's Devil, Printing Machine Operator, Printing Offset Duplicating Machine Operator, Printing Plate Setter, Printing Press Machine Operator, Printing Press Operator, Printing Press Operator Apprentice, Printing Pressman, Proof Press Operator, Proofer, Ratoprinter, Roller Operator, Roller Print Tender, Rolling Machine Operator, Rotary Lithographic Press Operator, Rotary Screen Printing Machine Operator, Roto Gravure Press Operator, Rotogravure Press Operator, Rotoprinter, Rounder, Rounder Hand, Rounding Machine Operator, Rubber Printing Machine Operator, Screen Making Technician, Screen Print Operator, Screen Printer, Screen Printing Equipment Setter, Screen Printing Machine Operator, Screen Printing Machine Operator Helper, Screen Printing Press Operator, Semiconductor Package Symbol Stamper, Sheetfed Press Operator, Silk Printer, Silk Screen Operator, Silk Screen Printer, Silk Screen Printer Helper, Silk Screen Processor, Silk Screener, Six Color Press Operator, Sketch Maker, Specialty Materials Printing Machine Setter/Set-Up Operator, Stamper, Stamping Press Operator, Steam Table Worker, Steel Die Press Set Up Operator, Steel Die Printer, Steel Plate Printer, Stencil Machine Operator, Stencil Printer, Stereotype Caster, Stereotype Finisher, Stereotype Molder, Stereotyper, Stippler, Strickler Attendant, Strike Off Machine Operator, Strip Machine Operator, Striping Machine Operator, Tab Card Press Operator, Tab Cutting Machine Operator, Tag Press Operator, Tape Rules Printing Machine Operator, Tension Worker, Textile Screen Maker, Textile Screen Printer, Ticket Printer, Ticketer, Tinning Machine Set Up Operator, Tinware Lithograph Press Operator, Tip Printer, Top Printing Press Operator, Transfer Machine Operator, Type Caster, Type Copyist, Typesetter, Vigoureux Printer, Wad Printing Machine Operator, Wallpaper Printer, Web Feeder, Web Offset Press Feeder, Web Press Operator, Web Press Operator Apprentice, Web Press Roll Tender, Web Pressman, Webfed Offset Press Operator

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Complete a supplies order.
  • Verify measurements are in the correct range.
  • Calculate a sampling plan for quality assurance.
  • Review Item Control sheets to ensure compliance with guidelines.
  • Make a product purchase recommendation.
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