Printing Machinist

Printing Machinists produce books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, posters, leaflets, packaging materials and stationery using printing presses.

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    Overview

    Printing Machinists produce books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, posters, leaflets, packaging materials and stationery using printing presses.

    Day-to-day

    • sets, adjusts and monitors substrate-feed mechanisms, delivery mechanisms, inking systems and other printing machine functions
    • mixes ink and solvents to standard, and regulates paper and ink supply
    • determines press operations to check print quality standards and detect malfunctions
    • produces a variety of printed products using relief, lithographic, flexographic and gravure printing presses, and in-line finishing systems
    • prepares plates, blankets and impression cylinders
    • loads paper into feeding mechanisms
    • monitors machine operations and quality of printing
    • undertakes maintenance of machines
    • produces and manages digital print images, and transferring and outputting images
    • may set up and operate paper and bookbinding guillotines.

    To become a Printing Machinist

    • You can work as a Printing Machinist without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in print manufacturing or printing is usually required. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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