How to become a Printing Machinist

Printing machinists set up and operate letterpress, lithographic, flexographic and gravure printing presses. They work on a range of printed products including packaging, stationery, greeting cards, books and newspapers, depending on the printing method used.

Personal requirements of a Printing Machinist

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to carry out detailed work
  • mechanical aptitude.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 1.3%

NSW 38.2%

NT 0.4%

QLD 15%

SA 6.9%

TAS 0.9%

VIC 33.2%

WA 4.1%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 89.8%

Female 10.1%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 2.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 15.9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 60%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 10.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 31.1%

Above 35 years: 71%

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

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