How to become a Screen Printer

Screen printers set up and operate power-driven or hand-operated screen printing machines to create images.

Personal requirements of a Screen Printer

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) with normal colour vision
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • creativity
  • self-motivated
  • good problem-solving skills.

Duties & Tasks of a Screen Printer

Screen printers may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare stencils to be printed by handcutting, photographic or electronic methods
  • choose, mix and match coloured inks and load ink into printing machines
  • load paper, fabric, plastic or other material onto printing machines, making sure that objects to be printed are lined up correctly and, if there is more than one colour, that the colours are properly aligned
  • control machines and check the quality of printing
  • keep records of work completed
  • put the stencils onto a mesh fabric-printing screen and operate the printing machine, then dry the printed items by loading them into drying racks or dryers using hot air or ultraviolet light
  • unload printed items from drying racks and stack them
  • remove waste, clean and maintain machines, and maintain and care for equipment including cameras and lenses, screens, stops and filters.

Avg. weekly wage:

$833

Future growth:

decline

Employment by state:

ACT 3.4%

NSW 56.8%

NT 1.5%

QLD 12.3%

SA 6.9%

TAS 0%

VIC 11.3%

WA 7.9%

Hours worked:

39.5

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 82.4%

Proportion of female workers 17.7%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 100%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 45.5%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 54.5%

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

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