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Printers set up and operate various small offset printing presses and digital printing processes.


  • Positions form or plate on machine, checks alignments and sets press
  • Mixes and loads inks and solvents, loads paper and regulates during print run
  • Prints and examines proof copies and adjusts press as necessary
  • Starts or directs start of printing run and monitors machine to ensure that printing proceeds smoothly
  • Pours colour into machine or directly on to screen and positions screen over item
  • Operates squeegee by hand or machine to press colour through screen
  • Dips wooden pattern block into colour tray and lays different colours on top of, and adjacent to, others to form the required pattern
  • Produces, transfers and outputs digital print images
  • Maintains, adjusts, repairs and cleans machine
  • Keeps production records.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically received on-the-job. National Traineeships and apprenticeships in Machine Printing are available at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3.


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