Office Machine Operators, Except Computer

Description

Operate one or more of a variety of office machines, such as photocopying, photographic, and duplicating machines, or other office machines.

Tasks

  • Read job orders to determine the type of work to be done, the quantities to be produced, and the materials needed.
  • Operate office machines such as high speed business photocopiers, reader/scanners, addressing machines, stencil-cutting machines, microfilm reader/printers, folding and inserting, bursting, and binder machines.
  • Place original copies in feed trays, feed originals into feed rolls, or position originals on tables beneath camera lenses.
  • Compute prices for services and receive payment, or provide supervisors with billing information.
  • Sort, assemble, and proof completed work.
  • Set up and adjust machines, regulating factors such as speed, ink flow, focus, and number of copies.
  • Monitor machine operation, and make adjustments as necessary to ensure proper operation.
  • Load machines with materials such as blank paper or film.
  • Maintain stock of supplies, and requisition any needed items.
  • File and store completed documents.
  • Clean machines, perform minor repairs, and report major repair needs.
  • Operate auxiliary machines such as collators, pad and tablet making machines, staplers, and paper punching, folding, cutting, and perforating machines.
  • Complete records of production, including work volumes and outputs, materials used, and any backlogs.
  • Deliver completed work.
  • Prepare and process papers for use in scanning, microfilming, and microfiche.
  • Cut copies apart and write identifying information, such as page numbers or titles, on copies.
  • Clean and file master copies or plates.
  • Move heat units and clamping frames over screen beds to form Braille impressions on pages; then raise frames to release individual copies.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Abilities

Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Braille Coder
Braille Duplicating Machine Operator
Business Machine Operator
Check Embosser
Check Writing Machine Operator
Clerical Offset Duplicating Machine Operator
Collating Machine Operator
Collator Operator
Compotype Operator
Copy Center Operator
Copy Machine Operator
Copy Room Technician
Copy Technician
Dexigraph Operator
Ditto Machine Operator
Document Photographer
Duplicating Machine Operator
Duplicator
Dupligraph Operator
Embossing Machine Operator
Graphic Designer
Graphics Production Specialist
Graphotype Operator
Key Operator
Line-O-Scribe Operator
Machine Operator
Mail Clerk
Micro Photographer
Microfilm Camera Operator
Microfilm Machine Operator
Microfilm Mounter
Microfilm Operator
Microfilm or Microfiche Camera Operator
Microfilmer
Mimeograph Operator
Mimeographer
Multigraph Operator
Multigrapher
Multilith Operator
Office Machine Embossograph Operator
Offset Duplicating Machine Operator
Photocopy Operator
Photocopying Machine Operator
Photographic Machine Operator
Photostat Operator
Photostatic Copy Maker
Print Center Specialist
Printing Services Coordinator
Printing Sign Machine Operator
Production Manager
Production Operator
Production Specialist
Project Coordinator
Proof Clerk
Proof Machine Operator
Proof Operator
Recordak Operator
Reprographics Technician
Retail Consultant
Scanning Clerk
Set-O-Type Operator
Shipping Specialist
Ticket Machine Operator
Transit Clerk
Transit Department Clerk
Transit Proof Machine Operator
Xerox Machine Operator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$13.44 hourly, $27,950 annual.
Employment (2008):
66,820 employees