Small Offset Printer

Also known as Instant Printer Operator.
Sets up and operates small offset printing presses used in instant print shops or for in-house printing.
Training time 1 year
Average pay $63,211
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 200

What does a Small Offset Printer 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


  • Digital Printer

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Diploma of Printing and Graphic Arts