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.
Duties & Tasks of a Printing Machinist
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.
Working conditions for a Printing Machinist
Printing machinists work in both small businesses and large manufacturing companies, and with single and multi-colour printing presses.