Printing press operators perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Review job orders to determine job specifications such as production time, colour sequence and quantities required, and advise press crew of these specifications
B. Mount plates or cylinders and make necessary adjustments
C. Fill ink fountains and take measurements, make adjustments and determine settings to control colour and viscosity
D. Set up press and check samples for ink coverage, alignment and registration
E. Monitor regular press run for quality consistency using computer control console and make adjustments if required
F. Remove and clean plates and cylinders at end of press run
G. Set up and adjust in-line binding and finishing equipment
1. Printing and related support activities - 66.0%
2. Information and cultural industries - 14.0%
3. Paper manufacturing - 7.0%
4. Plastics and rubber products manufacturing - 2.0%
1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. Completion of a college program in printing technology or A four-year apprenticeship program in printing or A combination of on-the-job training and specialized high school, college or industry courses is usually required.
3. Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Ontario, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
2. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
4. First Aid
The average hourly wages for Printing Press Operators is $18.50/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.