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Printers set up and operate letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, newspaper, instant, digital and offset printing presses.
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Printers
  • How many are employed in this occupation?
14,800
  • What are the average weekly earnings for full time workers ($ before tax)?
$1100
  • How does unemployment compare with other occupations?
Average
  • What are the job prospects for this occupation?
Low
  • What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years?
Decline

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Tasks

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  • 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
  • may set up and operate paper and bookbinding guillotines.

Job Titles

  • Printing Machinist
  • Small Offset Printer

VET (Vocational Education And Training)

  • Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts
  • Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts

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