NOC 7381 – Printing press operators



Printing press operators set up and operate sheet and web-fed presses to print text, illustrations and designs on a wide variety of materials such as paper, plastic, glass, leather and metal. They are employed by commercial printing companies; newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies; and establishments in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

Progression to supervisory positions, such as pressroom supervisor, is possible with experience.

Main Duties

Printing press operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Review job orders to determine job specifications such as production time, colour sequence and quantities required, and advise press crew of these specifications
  • Mount plates or cylinders and make necessary adjustments
  • Fill ink fountains and take measurements, make adjustments and determine settings to control colour and viscosity
  • Set up press and check samples for ink coverage, alignment and registration
  • Monitor regular press runs for quality and consistency using computer control console and make adjustments as required
  • Remove and clean plates and cylinders at end of press run
  • Direct activities of press crew and ensure that safety procedures are adhered to.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a college program in printing technology
    A combination of on-the-job training and specialized high school, college or industry courses is usually required.
  • Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Québec.

All Titles

  • apprentice press operatorapprentice pressman, apprentice presswoman
  • apprentice press operator – printingapprentice pressman – printing, apprentice presswoman – printing
  • apprentice pressman/woman
  • apprentice pressman/woman – printing
  • apprentice printing press operator
  • assistant operator, printing press
  • assistant press operator – printingassistant pressman, assistant pressman – printing, assistant presswoman, assistant presswoman – printing
  • assistant pressman/woman
  • assistant pressman/woman – printing
  • commercial press operator
  • cylinder press operator – printingcylinder pressman – printing, cylinder presswoman – printing
  • cylinder press set-up operator
  • cylinder pressman/woman – printing
  • cylinder printing press set-up operator
  • first press operator – printingfirst pressman, first pressman – printing, first presswoman, first presswoman – printing
  • first pressman/woman
  • first pressman/woman – printing
  • flat-bed press set-up operator
  • flexographic press adjuster
  • flexographic press operatorflexographic pressman, flexographic presswoman
  • flexographic press operator – printingflexographic pressman – printing, flexographic presswoman – printing
  • flexographic press set-up technician – printing
  • flexographic pressman/woman
  • flexographic pressman/woman – printing
  • gravure press operatorgravure pressman, gravure presswoman
  • gravure pressman/woman
  • gravure printer – printing
  • gravure printing press operator
  • gravure proof press operator – printing
  • gravure proof puller – printing
  • gravure proof wallpaper puller
  • ink evaluation and press operator – printingink evaluation pressman – printing, ink evaluation presswoman – printing, pressman, ink evaluation – printing, presswoman, ink evaluation – printing
  • ink evaluation pressman/woman – printing
  • intaglio printer – printing
  • intaglio printing press operator
  • job printer
  • letterpress operator – printing
  • letterpress proof press operator – printing
  • letterpress proof puller – printing
  • lithographic offset proofer
  • lithographic offset proofing hand
  • lithographic press operator – printinglithographic pressman – printing, lithographic presswoman – printing
  • lithographic press operator, sheet metallithographic pressman, sheet metal, lithographic presswoman, sheet metal, sheet metal lithographic pressman, sheet metal lithographic presswoman
  • lithographic pressman/woman – printing
  • lithographic pressman/woman, sheet metal
  • lithographic printer
  • newspaper press operatornewspaper pressman, newspaper presswoman
  • newspaper pressman/woman
  • offset lithographic proof press operator – printing
  • offset machine operator
  • offset press operator
  • offset press operator – printingoffset pressman – printing, offset presswoman – printing
  • offset pressman/woman – printing
  • offset printer
  • photoengraved plate proof press operator – printing
  • photoengraved plate proof puller – printing
  • plastic sheet offset press operator
  • platen press operator – printing
  • platen press tender
  • press operator – printingpressman – printing, presswoman – printing
  • press operator, ink evaluation – printing
  • pressman/woman – printing
  • pressman/woman, ink evaluation – printing
  • printer
  • printing press assistant operator
  • printing press operator
  • printing technologist
  • proof press operator
  • proof press operator – printingproof pressman – printing, proof presswoman – printing
  • proof press operator, gravure – printing
  • proof press operator, letterpress – printing
  • proof press operator, offset lithographic – printing
  • proof press operator, photoengraved plates – printing
  • proof pressman/woman – printing
  • proofer – printing
  • proofing hand – printing
  • proofing press operator
  • rotary press operator
  • rotogravure press operator – printingrotogravure pressman – printing, rotogravure presswoman – printing
  • rotogravure press operator, wallpaper
  • rotogravure pressman/woman – printing
  • rotoprinter – printing
  • senior press operator – printingsenior pressman – printing, senior presswoman – printing
  • senior pressman/woman – printing
  • set-up technician, flexographic presses – printing
  • sheet metal lithographic press operator
  • sheet metal lithographic pressman/woman
  • thermographic printer
  • wallpaper gravure proof press operator
  • wallpaper rotogravure press operator
  • Web press operator – printingWeb pressman – printing, Web presswoman – printing
  • Web pressman/woman – printing


  • Operators of laser printers, colour and large copiers and printing machines (See 9471 Plateless printing equipment operators)
  • Screen printing artisans (See 5244 Artisans and craftspersons)
  • Supervisors, printing and related occupations (7303)
  • Textile printers (See 9441 Textile fibre and yarn, hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers)



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