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

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

Duties & Tasks

Printing machinists may perform the following tasks:par - make printing platespar - fit printing plates or cylinders on presses, mix the inks that are applied to them and adjust the colour flow to the imagepar - adjust the paper-feeding devices that separate and feed sheets through the machinepar - monitor machines and print qualitypar - carry out minor repairs and routine maintenancepar - set up and operate 'in-line' finishing functions.

Working conditions

Printing machinists work in both small businesses and large manufacturing companies, and with single and multi-colour printing presses.

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