Printer Kaiwhakamahi Mīhini Tā

Printers set up and operate printing machines that print text and images on paper, card, carton, plastics or metal.

Printers may do some or all of the following:

  • discuss printing requirements with clients
  • set up and adjust printing machines
  • use stencils and screens to make prints
  • mix ink and solvents, and adjust water and ink flow in machines
  • monitor and evaluate press operations manually and by computer to check quality of printing
  • produce a variety of printed products using different types of presses
  • clean and maintain the printing presses, including minor repairs.

Physical Requirements

Printers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination, good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and normal colour vision. You also need to be reasonably fit and strong as some lifting may be required. 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for printers includes:

  • work with machinery
  • work in a factory
  • work with computers.

Personal Qualities

Printers need to be:

  • skilled at analysing detail and colours
  • good at communicating
  • good at basic maths
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • organised and able to follow instructions
  • reliable and efficient
  • able to work well under pressure.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for printers includes:

  • work with machinery
  • work in a factory
  • work with computers.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include English and maths, processing technologies and digital technologies.

Printers can earn around $39K-$50K per year per year.

Printers may progress into supervisory or management roles in printing companies.

They may specialise as one of the following:

Digital Printer
Digital printers operate presses that print on large rolls or individual sheets of paper and print as few as one copy to thousands.
Reel-fed Printer
Reel-fed printers operate presses that print on large rolls of paper, such as those that print newspapers.
Screen Printer
Screen printers use stencils and screens to print directly onto paper and textiles.
Sheet-fed Printer
Sheet-fed printers operate presses that print on individual sheets of paper or card of varying sizes.
Printer

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