PRINTERS – UNIT GROUP 3923

General Description

PRINTERS set up and operate letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, newspaper, instant, digital and offset printing presses.

 

Indicative Skill Level

ANZSCO Skill Level: 3

In Australia the majority of occupations in this unit group have:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand the majority of occupations in this unit group have:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

 

Task Information

  • 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

 

Occupations in this group:

(1)392311 PRINTING MACHINIST
Produces books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, posters, leaflets, packaging materials and stationery using printing presses.

Specialisations: Flexographic Printing Machinist、Gravure Printing Machinist、Label Printing Machinist、Letterpress Printing Machinist、Lithographic Printing Machinist、Reel Fed Printer、Sheet Fed Printer

(2)392312 SMALL OFFSET PRINTER

Alternative Title: Instant Printer Operator
Sets up and operates small offset printing presses used in instant print shops or for in-house printing.

Specialisation: Digital Printer

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