Printing press operators (NOC 7381)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Job titles

  • apprentice press operator
  • apprentice press operator - printing
  • apprentice pressman/woman
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Nature of work

Printing press operators set up and operate sheet and web-fed presses to print text, illustrations and designs on a wide variety of materials such as paper, plastic, glass, leather and metal. They are employed by commercial printing companies; newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies; and establishments in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

Fields of interest

  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Printing press operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Review job orders to determine job specifications such as production time, colour sequence and quantities required, and advise press crew of these specifications
  • - Mount plates or cylinders and make necessary adjustments
  • - Fill ink fountains and take measurements, make adjustments and determine settings to control colour and viscosity
  • - Set up press and check samples for ink coverage, alignment and registration
  • - Monitor regular press runs for quality and consistency using computer control console and make adjustments as required
  • - Remove and clean plates and cylinders at end of press run
  • - Direct activities of press crew and ensure that safety procedures are adhered to.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a college program in printing technology or A combination of on-the-job training and specialized high school, college or industry courses is usually required.
  • * Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Québec.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * Progression to supervisory positions, such as pressroom supervisor, is possible with experience.

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