Pre-Press PperatorJob Description:
Pre-press operators work in the printing industry, getting artwork from a client and supplying the printing plates used on a press.Job Category:
What you will do:
In your day-to-day tasks you could:
- use desktop publishing and graphics software to create artwork
- scan and retouch images
- check a whole document for accuracy
- prepare artwork for transfer to film
- transfer the final image from film onto printing plates
- design skills and knowledge
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
- the ability to use your initiative (ambition)
- persistence and determination
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- specialist courses run by industry bodies
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job.
In the UK, for example, relevant courses include:
- Certificate in Pre Press for Print
- Certificate in Understanding the Print Environment
You can do a press operative intermediate or a print technician advanced apprenticeship.
These usually take between 24 and 36 months to complete as a mix of learning on the job and study.
You’ll need a good general standard of education to apply directly for pre-press operator jobs. Having studied subjects, such as maths, English, art and IT, may give you an advantage when looking for work.
You can do specialist printing, packaging and graphic communications courses.
Some knowledge of desktop publishing software will be useful.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 38-40 hours of work. You could be required to work 9am to 5pm.
You could work in a creative studio or in an office. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
You could become a pre-press manager or move into print administration jobs like estimator or production controller.
Most employers in the pre-press industry will offer training, either through a local college or short courses offered by the British Printing Industries Federation.