Pressmen operate and maintain printing presses. They ensure that printed materials, including newspapers, magazines, and brochures created, are error-free. The duties of a pressman vary by the type of machine used. However, he/she prepares equipment for the printing process and supervises the printing process to make sure there are no errors. Also, he/she inspects the final printed product for quality and consistency. Besides that, he/she consults the prepress technician as needed. Furthermore, he/she monitors the process to avoid paper jams or tears, which may stop the project and reset the press as required. Pressmen can specialize in lithography, flexography, letterpress, or gravure printing presses.
Candidates need at least a high school diploma or its equivalent with previous work experience. Some employers provide on-the-job training. You must possess troubleshooting, attention to detail, teamwork, and math skills. Pressmen earn an average salary of $48,066 per annum. This varies between $31,000 and $74,000.