Becoming a Printing Machinist
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Becoming a Printing Machinist

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Produces books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, posters, leaflets, packaging materials and stationery using printing presses.
Training time 2 years
Avg. weekly wage $1,070
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 4,900

What does a Printing Machinist do?

  • setting, adjusting and monitoring substrate-feed mechanisms, delivery mechanisms, inking systems and other printing machine functions
  • mixing ink and solvents to standard, and regulating paper and ink supply during print runs
  • monitoring, evaluating and determining press operations manually and by computer to check print quality standards against proofs and detect malfunctions
  • producing a variety of printed products using relief, lithographic, flexographic and gravure printing presses, and in-line finishing systems
  • preparing plates, blankets and impression cylinders on small offset lithographic printing presses
  • loading paper into feeding mechanisms
  • monitoring machine operations and quality of printing
  • undertaking maintenance, adjustment, repair and cleaning of machines
  • producing and managing digital print images, and transferring and outputting images

Specialisations

  • Flexographic Printing Machinist
  • Gravure Printing Machinist
  • Label Printing Machinist
  • Letterpress Printing Machinist
  • Lithographic Printing Machinist
  • Reel Fed Printer
  • Sheet Fed Printer

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