Printers set up and operate various small offset printing presses and digital printing processes.

Entry Reqirements

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Typical Tasks

  • Keeps production records.
  • Maintains, adjusts, repairs and cleans machine.
  • Produces, transfers and outputs digital print images.
  • Dips wooden pattern block into colour tray and lays different colours on top of, and adjacent to, others to form the required pattern.
  • Operates squeegee by hand or machine to press colour through screen.
  • Pours colour into machine or directly on to screen and positions screen over item.
  • Starts or directs start of printing run and monitors machine to ensure that printing proceeds smoothly.
  • Prints and examines proof copies and adjusts press as necessary.
  • Mixes and loads inks and solvents, loads paper and regulates during print run.
  • Positions form or plate on machine, checks alignments and sets press.

Desired Skills

Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Active Learning, Monitoring, Learning Strategies, Active Listening, Speaking, Mathematics, Writing, Science

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