Printers set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, newspaper and other printing presses.
Tasks include -
(a)  setting, adjusting and monitoring substrate-feed mechanisms, delivery mechanisms, inking systems and other printing machine functions;
(b)  mixing ink and solvents to standard, and regulating paper and ink supply during print runs;
(c)  monitoring, evaluating and determining press to check print quality standards against proofs and detect malfunctions;
(d)  producing a variety of printed products using digital, relief, lithographic, flexographic and gravure printing presses, and in-line finishing systems;
(e)  preparing plates, blankets and impression cylinders on small offset lithographic printing presses;
(f)  loading paper into feeding mechanisms;
(g)  monitoring machine operations and quality of printing;
(h)  maintaining, adjusting, repairing and cleaning machines;
(i)  producing digital print images, and transferring and outputting images.

Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Block printer
  • Digital press operator
  • Feeder operator (printing)
  • Flexographic press operator
  • Gravure press operator
  • Large sheet-fed press operator
  • Screen printer
  • Screen printing press operator
  • Small press operator
  • Textile printer
  • Web press operator
ISCO code: 
ISCO skill level: 
2, 3
3, 4