How to become a Printing Hand

Printing hands operate basic binding machines, perform manual binding and finishing of books and printed products and carry out routine print-related tasks.

Personal requirements for a Printing Hand

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • Able to carry out detailed work
  • Aptitude for mechanical work
  • Aptitude for working with computers.

Duties & Tasks of a Printing Hand

Printing hands may perform the following tasks:

  • Fold, arrange and fasten printed products by hand or with the aid of machines
  • Perform manual binding and finishing operations
  • Carry out quality control checks
  • Operate specialised machines such as mini binders and automatic carton-folding machines
  • Assist with setting up folding machines and check folded articles
  • Assist with the operation and adjustment of machines
  • Assist with the setting up and monitoring of the operation of automated binding lines
  • Carry out minor repairs and routine maintenance
  • Clear waste and clean work areas and machines
  • Handle and transport materials around the work areas.

Working conditions for a Printing Hand

Printing hands work with single and multi-colour printing presses. They can be employed in small or large firms.

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