Print Designer / Prepress Operator

Designers/prepress operators design eye-catching printed material; often discussing ideas with customers and then ensuring all digital files are ready for print and contain all the elements needed for a quality result.

Typically, an eight-hour day. Sometimes, longer days or weekend work is required.

Designers/prepress operators create designs ready to print. They use specialist software tools and have knowledge about design as well as print process requirements.

Study areas

  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Creative Arts (Visual/Textiles/ Graphics/Performance/Music)
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management.

Attributes

  • 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)

School
Unit standards in schools

  • 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

  • Print Designer
  • Prepress Operator

Advancing jobs
Higher learning

  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Production Planner

Senior jobs
Higher learning

  • Business Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Business Owner
print designer

Print Machine Operator

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.

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.

Study areas

  • Sciences or Workshop Techchnology
  • Creative Arts – (Visual/Textiles/ Graphics)
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management.

Attributes

  • 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)

School
Unit standards in schools

  • 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.

Print Finisher

Print finishers use a range of hand and machine skills to put the finishing touches on a printed product including gluing, stapling, folding, embossing and gold foiling. They can also assist with troubleshooting, production planning and estimating. 

A typical day

Typically, an eight-hour day.

Print finishers prepare job components and equipment to complete print finishing, machine bookbinding or hand bookbinding and maintain quality control throughout production.

Study areas

  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Creative Arts (Visual/Textiles/ Graphics)
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management.

Attributes

  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Confidence with IT, computers, technology
  • Good initiative/‘can do’ attitude.

Helpful experience

  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers.

Preferred work environments

  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day.

School
Unit standards in schools

  • 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

  • Print Finisher
  • Bindery Operator
  • Guillotine Operator
  • Folder Operator
  • Gluer Operator
  • Collator

Advancing jobs
Higher learning

  • Team Leader
  • Production Planner

Senior jobs
Higher learning

  • Business Manager
  • Operations Manager