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9471 – Plateless printing equipment operators

Plateless printing equipment operators operate laser printers, computerized high speed colour copiers and other printing machines to print text, illustrations and designs on a wide variety of materials such as paper, plastic, glass, leather, and metal. They are employed in rapid printing services, newspaper and magazine publishing companies, commercial printing companies and in manufacturing and other establishments that have in-house printing facilities.


Example titles

  • Colour copier operator
  • Electronic sign maker operator
  • Embossing-imprinting machine operator
  • Laser printer operator
  • Printing machine operator - printing
  • Quick print machine operator
  • Silk-screen printing machine operator
  • Wallpaper printer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Review work order to determine job specifications, such as ink colour and quantity required
  • Set up and make adjustments to printing machine, such as filling ink or paint reservoirs and loading stock
  • Input codes and key in programming data on console keyboard of computerized machines
  • Operate and monitor printing machines during print run and make adjustments as required
  • Clean machines and replace worn parts.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Completion of college or other specialized courses in printing may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Additional information


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
94 – Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
Minor group
947 – Printing equipment operators and related occupations
Associated Career Handbook profiles
9471.0 – Plateless printing equipment operators
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