Post Press Technician

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Finishing is a general term used in the print industry to describe any processes after printing. This is usually in the final stages of creating a printed product such as books, booklets, catalogues, pop-ups and display units.

Special techniques are applied as part of the finishing role by using pieces of individual equipment to perform separate tasks such as cutting paper to the correct size, cutting and folding sheets into pages or gluing and stapling sections together.

Work may also be carried out in teams, with each performing different functions to hit the quality criteria and production schedule. Those with a flexible and practical mindset may find the role of post-press technician attractive due to the need to complete multiple processes using various techniques.

Start dates: October and April

Course Information

• Pre-press and post-press processes and equipment and how their role will impact upon others.

• Properties and structures of materials, adhesives and other chemicals and be able to explain them in detail.

• Physical properties of the numerous paper/plastic stocks and their benefits & constraints, including weight, grain direction, coatings and how this affects the final product.

• How to convert sheets into pages and products for example ‘sheet-work’, ‘work-and-turn’, and ‘work-and tumble’.

• How to safely and effectively convert the source materials into the customer’s specific product by using a combination of machinery and processes. 

• The benefits and constraints of the many different folding types including parallels, gatefolds, barn door flap folds and letter folds.

• How to apply different finishes to different substrates e.g. scented varnish, holographic foiling, soft-touch laminate, near-field, communication sticker and more.

• How the final product is expected to perform and the process by which it is to be received by the customer.

Assessment Type:

  • Observation at work
  • Online exam at a GQA centre
  • Professional discussion at work


Benefits / Skills

    Set up, run and maintain a specific range of finishing equipment at the appropriate speed and at quality levels a set out by the work instructions and company guidelines, such as: guillotines, stitching-trimming machinery, binding machinery, laminating equipment, die-cutters. This can include cleaning and servicing key elements or preparing the machine for the next shift.

Entry Requirements

Maths and English at level 4 or above.

Career Progression

Full time employment with the employer.

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Course Details


2 years

Study Type

Full time

Course Code


School of Creative Arts
Leeds City College
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