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Become A Press Helper

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Working As A Press Helper

  • Getting Information
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $26,157

    Average Salary

What Does A Press Helper Do At RR Donnelley

* Stack or box printed sheets, folded signatures, labels or other in-process products from discharge unit of printing press.
* Remove folded signatures from web press and place signatures on pallet or skid for removal to warehouse or binding areas.
* Pack printed materials into carton and/or mail trays then onto pallets.
* Conveys materials from storage or work sites to designated area, using hand truck, electric dolly, or other device.
* Attaches identifying tags or labels to materials or marks information on cases, bales, or other containers.
* Stacks or assembles materials into cartons or mail trays.
* Assists press crew with cleaning ink fountains, gluers, coatings and general press equipment

What Does A Press Helper Do At Proampac

* Assist Press Operator in the set-up, run, change over, and clean-up of the press according to procedures, and within established production standards
* Assist the Press Operator in monitoring the quality of the material being processed to ensure compliance to company and customer specifications
* Maintain ink viscosities and quantities during press run
* Communicate with the oncoming shift all relevant information to facilitate an efficient shift change
* Maintain up to date and accurate records as required
* Assist Press Operator in light maintenance and preventive maintenance of the press
* Assist the Press Operator in completion of his duties when necessary.
* Operate in a manner that will maximize efficiency and quality, eliminate waste, and promote department goals, while adhering to all safety regulations and established procedures

What Does A Press Helper Do At Resource Label Group

* Clean plates, print cylinders, dies, and ink pans
* Assists in the performance of daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning maintenance
* Pull printing dies and stock per the job ticket to stage work prior to run
* Fill solvent bottles and maintain inventory levels
* Assist operators when needed
* Stage inventory in preparation for press runs

What Does A Press Helper Do At Pro Image Solutions

* Responsible for all activities associated with helping running the Printing Press Machine including helping with the setup, operation and cleanup.
* IDEAL Candidates: (a plus) Prior work experience in the corrugated industry 3 months experience as a Printing Press Helper 3 months experience in the Press and Finishing Department

What Does A Press Helper Do At Proampac

* Taking the product off of a machine, and packaging it to specifications per order.
* Checking for quality, labeling each case or roll.
* Stack product on pallet.
* Keep work area clean.
* Cut Cores, check for Quality

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How To Become A Press Helper

A few months of on-the-job training is enough for most workers to learn basic machine operations, but 1 year or more is required to become proficient. Computer-controlled machine workers may need more training.


Employers prefer metal and plastic machine workers who have a high school diploma. Prospective workers can improve their employment opportunities by completing high school courses in computer programming and vocational technology, and by gaining a working knowledge of the properties of metals and plastics. Having a sturdy math background, including taking courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and basic statistics, is also useful.

Some community colleges and other schools offer courses and certificate programs in operating metal and plastics machines.


Machine operator trainees usually begin by watching and helping experienced workers on the job. Under supervision, they may start by supplying materials, starting and stopping the machines, or by removing finished products. Then they advance to more difficult tasks that operators perform, such as adjusting feed speeds, changing cutting tools, and inspecting a finished product for defects. Eventually, some develop the skills and experience to set up machines and help newer operators.

The complexity of the equipment usually determines the time required to become an operator. Some operators and tenders learn basic machine operations and functions in a few months, but other workers, such as computer-controlled machine tool operators, may need a year or more to become proficient.

Some employers prefer to hire workers who either have completed or are enrolled in a training program.

As the manufacturing process continues to utilize more computerized machinery, knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines can be helpful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification can show competence and professionalism and can be helpful for advancement. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) offers certification in numerous metalworking specializations.


Advancement usually includes higher pay and more responsibilities. With experience and expertise, workers can become trainees for more advanced positions. It is common for machine operators to move into setup or machinery maintenance positions. Setup workers may become industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers, or machinists or tool and die makers.

Experienced workers with good communication and analytical skills may move into supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Metal and plastic machine workers must often be able to use programmable devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.

Dexterity. Metal and plastic machine workers who work in metal and plastic machined goods manufacturing use precise hand movements to make the necessary shapes, cuts, and edges that designs require.

Mechanical skills. Metal and plastic machine workers set up and operate machinery. They must be comfortable working with machines and have a good understanding of how the machines and all their parts work.

Physical stamina. Metal and plastic machine workers must be able to stand for long periods and perform repetitive work.

Physical strength. Metal and plastic machine workers must be strong enough to guide and load heavy and bulky parts and materials into machines.

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Press Helper Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Arabic

  • French


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Top Press Helper Skills

  1. Press Operators
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Web Press
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Helped Press Operators load and unload Punch Presses, Operate Forklifts to move finished product and dumpsters, and also Dies
  • Coordinated daily activities on web press including roll tending, inking fountains and checking register and color on press sheets.
  • Lowered set-up times, as part of a team effort, to cut production costs for the company.
  • Set up Flexo 4 color process with die cutting.
  • Assist press man with any other tasks needed, transport pallets of paper using an electronic pallet jack.

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