Film Developing Machine Operator

Developer Films

The tasks a Film Developing Machine Operator is expected to perform include:

Operating the film developing machine and developing the exposed film in a series of chemical and water baths in a dark room, drying the film in an automatic drying unit, and preparing transparent black and white negative or positive film

Receiving the exposed film and noting instructions regarding the nature of exposure and developing conditions to be followed

Loading the exposed film roll in the magazine of the developing machine

Mixing, or supervising the mixing of, and developing chemical baths in the prescribed proportions

Getting the tanks of the machine filled to the prescribed level with a chemical solution and water

Regulating and maintaining the correct temperature of the developing solution

Drawing the end of the film from the magazine and feeding it through the feed roller of the machine

Starting the machine, observing and regulating the running of the film roll, drawing over the rollers, and passing through a series of guides, immersed in the developing solution and fixing baths

Adjusting the speed of the machine and running it for a set period until the developed film, emerging from the chemical bath tank, is rinsed while passing it through the cold water tank to wash off the fixing solution

Maintaining the temperature of the drying chamber at a continuously set level, and drying the negative

Knowledge of operating the film developing machine

Proficient in operating the automatic drying unit

Well-versed in the process of developing photographs

Knowledge of winding developed and drying film automatically on reels

Proficient in supervising the cleaning of water and chemical tanks periodically and ensuring the re -filling of tanks with fresh chemical solutions

Knowledge of developing and preparing coloured film

Accuracy in work

Ability to follow instructions

Keen learner

Diligent and hardworking


It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

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, chemicals, etc.

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

(*This figure 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

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Indian Institute of Photography Foundation

Institute of Printing Technology

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