Photo Engraver

Etcher Litho-Printing

Etcher Photo Engraving

The tasks an Etcher Photo Engraving is expected to perform include:

Etching the designs on the surface of photographically printed or pantographically engraved printing rollers and plates

Studying the design sheet and determining the etching requirements based on the colours in the design, type, weight of fabric and printing sequence

Lifting the roller into the brackets of the rinsing vat with the aid of the helper and taping the ends of the roller with masking tape to limit the etching to the specified width

Transferring the roller from the rinsing vat to the acid vat with the aid of helpers and a hoist

Applying acid resisting material on the photo-printed design on the plate, placing it in the etching machine and starting the machine to spray acid on the uncoloured portion of the plate to get it etched by acid reaction for etching photo-engraved flat bodies and metal plates

Checking the depth of etching periodically by measuring with depth gauge, touch and magnifying glass and processing roller through a series of acid baths or regulating the period of acid spray as necessary to etch the photo-engraved roller or plate to the required depth, watching and drying the treated plate or roller, applying acid resistant powder or charcoal into etched cavities

Knowledge of cleaning the roller or plate preparatory to etching, using a sponge, cleaning chemicals and water

Familiar with operating the etching machine

Proficient in agitating the acid solution with compressed air and starting the machine to start the roller in the solution to get it etched by acid reaction

Knowledge of colours, fabrics and different etching and printing techniques

Well-versed with applying acid resistant powder or charcoal

Knowledge of cleaning off the charcoal and acid resistant coating by washing and brushing with alkali solution and water

Knowledge of giving a touch up to the defective areas by hand etching

Diligent and hardworking


Eye for detail

Ability to follow instructions

Accuracy in work

It needs one to be on their toes

Need to handle a team of Helpers

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL) and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards include exposure to printing inks, noise, laser light, acid powder, charcoal, etc.

Occupational hazards include musculoskeletal disorders, the repetitious motion of arms, skin allergies, burns, asthma, etc.

For freshers - INR 6,000 to INR 7,000 per month

For candidates with 2 years of experience and above - INR 7,000 to INR 9,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Current and Future Market Trend of the Printing Sector in India

The Indian printing industry, growing at a rate of 12% per annum, comprises more than 250,000 big, small and medium printers. The current annual turnover of the industry is more than INR 50,000 crores (USD 11 billion). The industry has undergone a revolutionary change in the last 15 years. In 1990, India initiated a process of reforms aimed at shedding protectionism and embracing liberalization of the economy. Privatization was initiated with the aim of integrating the Indian economy with the world economy. This change opened the doors for the Indian print industry and helped modernize it, by investing in the latest of technology and machinery.

In recent years, the printing industry in India has seen record levels of growth, owing to liberalized regimes, globalization and progress in automation. The industry has grown leaps and bounds due to the latest technology and machinery, quality standards and production capacities. The printing industry in India is slowly progressing from a heavy machinery using industry to a more software-centric business. Today Indian printers are equipped with the latest computer controlled printing machines and flow lines for binding, while state-of-the-art digital technologies are used in pre-press. UV digital printing and inkjet technology are also on the rise in India. The advent of global brands, rising consumerism and growth of the pharmaceutical industry have seen an increase in the scope for package printing. Giving an optimistic outlook of the industry, the package printing sector is growing at an annual rate of 17 percent, commercial printing at a rate of 10-12 percent and digital printing at a robust 30 percent.

The digital printing industry is seeing significant transformations with new technologies & applications providing cost-effective and customized solutions. For the foreseeable future, offset and digital will not only co-exist, but will also complement each other, with offset taking the medium-to-longer jobs and digital performing on short-to-medium run lengths. The booming Indian economy, increasing consumerism, entry of global brands in the country and opening of the sector to foreign investors are bound to offer growth opportunities to the industry.

Printing companies across India

Local printers across India

Towns and cities across India