Plateless printing equipment operators (NOC 9471)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Job titles

Nature of work

This unit group includes workers who operate laser printers, computerized high speed colour copiers and other printing machines to print text, illustrations and designs on a wide variety of materials such as paper, plastic, glass, leather, and metal. They are employed in rapid printing services, newspaper and magazine publishing companies, commercial printing companies and in manufacturing and other establishments that have in-house printing facilities.

Fields of interest

  • Carrying out tests or trials, process control
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Printing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Review work order to determine job specifications, such as ink colour and quantity required
  • - Set up and make adjustments to printing machine, such as filling ink or paint reservoirs and loading stock
  • - Input codes and key in programming data on console keyboard of computerized machines
  • - Operate and monitor printing machines during print run and make adjustments as required
  • - Clean machines and replace worn parts.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • * Completion of college or other specialized courses in printing may be required.
  • * On-the-job training is provided.

Skill type

  • Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Professional associations