Printing Machinist

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

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.

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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.

    Find a Certificate in Printing and Graphic Arts

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