Profession record press operator

Record press operators tend a machine that presses vinyl with a negative impression of a master disc. As pressure is applied, the vinyl is forced into the grooves of the master disc and a playable record is obtained.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Place record labels

    Place record labels over top and bottom centre pins of the press, manually or by the use of lacquers.

  • Operate record press

    Operate the steam-hydraulic press that moulds plastic compounds into phonograph records. They can also be used for the pressing of handmade paper.

  • Operate hydraulic machinery controls

    Use correctly the controls of specialized machinery by turning valves, handwheels, or rheostats to move and control flow of fuels, water, and dry or liquid binders to machines.

  • Detect flaws in record

    Examine record for flaws such as discolouration and scratches.

  • Manipulate plastic

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of plastic.

Optional knowledge and skills

electroplating processes keep records of work progress perform machine maintenance record production data for quality control add colour measure materials monitor electroplating baths vinyl records apply a protective layer maintain hydraulic systems retain record samples hydraulics mould vinyl records electroplating metal materials pack fragile items for transportation clean moulds tend electroplating machine wear appropriate protective gear remove processed workpiece