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.
Duties & Tasks
Printing machinists may perform the following tasks:make printing plates
fit printing plates or cylinders on presses, mix the inks that are applied to them and adjust the colour flow to the image
adjust the paper-feeding devices that separate and feed sheets through the machine
monitor machines and print quality
carry out minor repairs and routine maintenance
set up and operate 'in-line' finishing functions.
Printing machinists work in both small businesses and large manufacturing companies, and with single and multi-colour printing presses.
enjoy practical and manual activities
good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
good hand-eye coordination
able to carry out detailed work