Printing Press Operators


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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:
  • Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions.
  • Adjust ink fountain flow rates.
  • Verify that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job.
  • Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments.
  • Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls.
  • Monitor automated press operation systems and respond to fault, error, or alert messages.

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
  • Memory / Attention to Detail / Logic & Reasoning
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptability / Flexibility
  • Conscientiousness
  • Reliability
  • Service Orientation

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:Basic Service Worker
O*Net Context:Production
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$29,790 or less
Bottom 25%:
$35,560 or less
$41,860 (Average)
Top 25%:
$50,160 or more
Top 10%:
$61,500 or more

Hourly US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$14.32 or less
Bottom 25%:
$17.10 or less
$20.13 (Average)
Top 25%:
$24.12 or more
Top 10%:
$29.57 or more

US Employment Statistics
2032 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:14,400

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Mechanical
  • Production and Processing
  • Customer and Personal Service
Top Skills
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Operations Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
Top Abilities
  • Near Vision
  • Control Precision
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Written Comprehension
  • Speech Clarity
  • Speech Recognition
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
6 Months - 1 Year:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

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