Title:  Press Operator

Requisition ID:  832

Shelbyville, IL, US, 62565

Department:  Hourly Plant & Mill (Except Maintenance Roles)
Travel:  No Travel Required

At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities.


With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry’s best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.


If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you.

A World of Difference. Made Possible.


Press Operator:

  • $1500 Retention Bonus for New Hires and Qualifying Rehires
  • Starting At $23.21, progressing to $25.97
  • Benefits Start on the 1st Of the Month Following Your Start Date


Set up, adjust and operate the multi-color printing press. Duties also include: mounting and demounting printing press plates to sleeves and cylinders, adjusting ink to meet printing standards, and correcting paperwork for each job and press to which assigned.



Air hose, air mount sleeves, banding machine, doctor blades, flexo cylinders, hoist, ink pumps, inks, knives, grease guns, masking tape, open-end wrenches, PM2 splicing tape, paper roll stock, paper waste, pipe wind, press gears, printing plates, rags, rubber plates, ruler, screwdrivers, tape measure.




  • Perform all duties in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Actively engaged, involved, and current in SWO process; Participate in safety meetings and safety tours.
  • Ensure production of products consistent with established food safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • Set up multi-color printing press to produce standard quality units of various types and sizes with proper color, coverage and registration.
  • Maintain continuous operation of press by performance of such duties: adjust ink flow, replenish inks, and adjust plates for proper registration. Clean plates periodically, remove jams or web breaks and report irregularities to the supervisor as they occur.
  • Perform operations such as: wash plates, ink fountains and ink rollers, lubricate, PM and clean press according to schedule, mount and/or demount printing plates, clean and change doctor blades.
  • Mount printing plates by use of optical Mounter-Proofer
  • Splice and/or thread paper through a press: Inspect paper roll stock for adherence to specifications and reject paper obviously defective.
  • Remove rolls from rewind stand, put on proper identification flags, and band rolls.
  • Report to supervisor and/or group leader major jams or improper product.
  • Continuously check quality of product being printed.
  • Keep assigned area and equipment clean and orderly; Perform preventive maintenance on the equipment. 
  • Once qualified, instruct and train others.
  • Manage workload as necessary to ensure production requirements are met.
  • Communicate effectively with oncoming shift.
  • Fulfill overtime requirements necessary to ensure production requirements are met.
  • Assist in other areas or perform other duties, as assigned.



  • Must pass color blindness test.
  • Basic mechanical background. Must have the skills necessary to perform technical tasks.
  • Basic mathematic skills.
  • Able to use hand tools properly and safely.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, multi-task environment.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and detail orientation.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to follow verbal or written instructions.
  • Ability to perform the essential physical functions of the position, with or without accommodation.  This includes: Walking or standing for extended periods of time, up to 12-hours; Lifting to 50lbs; Carrying to 30 lbs.; Lowering to 30 lbs. from a height of 4 feet; Lifting to 85 lbs. to height of 6 feet (2-person job); Visual acuity, depth perception and ability to distinguish color; Working in various temperatures & humidity levels.



  • Once a Press Operator vacancy occurs, and after shift preferences awarded, the employee with the most time served as an Apprentice must take that vacancy. They will continue with the apprentice qualification timeline until qualified.
  • Apprentices may be scheduled to work other shifts as business conditions require.
  • Apprentice training may on a day shift 8-hour schedule Monday-Friday (7:00 A.M.–3:30 P.M.), if necessary. (Majority of training will occur on shift).

Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the Poster, EEO is the Law.

Nearest Major Market: Decatur