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Lithographic printer,Machine minder (printing),Print manager,Screen printer,Wallpaper printer

Job Description: 

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


There 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.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details


The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 5
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 11.1
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details


  • 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.
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