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