Press Technician

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Printing is carried out using printing presses; typically, the company’s most expensive and valuable machinery. There are six different categories of printing: lithography, screen, flexography, gravure, letterpress and digital. Each requires different techniques in order to operate successfully, and companies may use one or more categories of press depending on the customer needs. Job duties can vary according to machine type and technology, as well as by printing category.

Those with a mechanical and technical mind may find the role of press technician interesting due to the complexity of the equipment and the wide range of continuous improvement methods, which could be applied in a variety of situations.

Start date: October and April

Course Information

• Printing machinery, including a detailed understanding of the full operating capabilities and limitations of the specific press.

• Production processes, including the cause and effect of pre-press issues on print and print issues on post-press.

• Presses are high-value capital equipment. Therefore, an in-depth knowledge of how to prepare a machine for running, shut down, and maintenance.

• The properties and structures of materials, inks, toners, blankets, plates, cylinders and the various chemicals required for successful long-term operation and maintenance.

• Quality control expectations and how to apply continuous improvement techniques to cost, quality and delivery.

• How to safely handle, transport and store various materials and chemicals within the print working environment.

• How to complete all reports and relevant paperwork for specified job or department.

Assessment Type:

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

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Benefits / Skills

    • Set up, run and maintain a specified type of multi-unit printing press at the appropriate speed and at quality levels set out by the work instructions and company guidelines. This can include cleaning and servicing key elements or preparing the machine for the next shift.

    • Deal with a wide range of different printing operations; handling inks and maintenance.

Entry Requirements

Maths and English at level 4 or above.

Career Progression

Full time employment with the employer.

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Course Details

Duration

2 years

Study Type

Full time

Course Code

74481-01

School of Creative Arts
Leeds City College
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