How to become a Digital Printer

Digital printers use machines and software to control the production of print-based media for commercial print manufacturing sites and instant print shops.

Personal requirements of a Digital Printer

  • Enjoy technical activities
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to carry out detailed work
  • Aptitude for mechanical work
  • Aptitude for working with computers
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Digital Printer

You can work as a digital printer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a digital printer through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Digital Printer

Digital printers:

  • perform manual and automatic set up of digital print machines
  • advise on products and services
  • receive and process electronic documents
  • develop basic design concepts
  • load paper into feeding mechanisms
  • manage and monitor the order and execution of files in a printer’s job queue
  • operate die-cutting machines
  • undertake vinyl application, laminating, finishing and mounting
  • perform general administration duties and maintenance (such as maintaining order and query logs, cleaning and repairing equipment, and changing supplies)
  • keep production records.

Employment Opportunities for a Digital Printer

Digital printers are employed by large and small commercial printing firms and shops. Technological development has been rapid in the printing industry with the widespread application of computerised systems. Demand is greatest for people familiar with the new techniques and technology.

Avg. weekly wage:

$900

Future growth:

Decline

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1%

NSW NSW 31.4%

NT NT 1.8%

QLD QLD 11%

SA SA 6.5%

TAS TAS 1.2%

VIC VIC 41.2%

WA WA 5.9%

Hours worked:

39.1

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 86.5%

Female 13.5%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 10.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 21%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 51.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 17.1%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.9%

20-24 - 0.5%

25-34 - 21.7%

35-44 - 27.8%

45-54 - 28.9%

55-59 - 11.5%

60-64 - 3.8%

65 and Over - 4.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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