Print Machine Operator

Career information

What do they do?

Print machine operators work independently and in teams to produce many types of printed communications in different formats. They have knowledge of different machines, inks and solvents and use different types of presses to complete the jobs.

A typical day

Typically, an eight-hour day.

Print machine operators maintain and clean presses, set up and adjust printing machines, mix inks and solvents, and adjust flow to produce a variety of high quality printed products.

Sound like you?

Study areas
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Creative Arts (Visual/Textiles/ Graphics/Performance/Music)
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management.
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Confidence with IT, computers, technology
  • Good initiative/‘can do’ attitude.
Helpful experience
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
  • Creative work (writing, drawing, styling).
Preferred work environments
  • Inside (workshop or plant)



These can be useful from School:

  • NCEA English, Maths, Visual Arts, Technology, Computing or Graphics
  • Printing Production (Digital Processes, Screen, Sheet Fed, Reel Fed, Pad Printing, Binding and Finishing)
Entry level jobs

Traineeship or apprenticeship

  • Sheet Fed Offset Printer
  • Reel Fed Printer
  • Screen Printer
  • Dry Offset Printer
  • Digital Printer
  • Pad Printer
  • Direct Mail Printer
Advancing jobs

Higher learning

  • Team Leader
  • Production Planner
Senior jobs

Higher learning

  • Business Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Business Owner

The logistics sector needs skilled people

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