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94151 – Camera, platemaking and other prepress occupations

Camera and platemaking workers operate graphic arts cameras and scanners, assemble film and negatives and prepare, engrave and etch printing plates or cylinders for various types of printing presses. They are employed in firms that specialize in colour graphics or platemaking and cylinder preparation, commercial publishing and printing companies, newspapers, magazines, and in various establishments in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.


Example titles

  • Camera operator - graphic arts
  • Cylinder preparer - printing
  • Dot etcher - printing
  • File preparation operator
  • Film stripper-assembler
  • Platemaker - printing
  • Pre-flight operator - printing
  • Prepress technician
  • Printing plate engraver
  • Proofmaker
  • Screenmaker
  • Studio-image-processing system operator

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Graphic arts camera operators, scanner operators, film strippers and assemblers
  • Set up and adjust black and white or colour separation process cameras to convert graphic art and photographs into film for assembly and exposure onto printing plates or cylinders
  • Operate computerized scanning machines or digital cameras to make colour separations and corrections from colour copy or transparencies for use in preparing film, digital files, printing plates or cylinders
  • Assemble and position, either using automated equipment or by hand, pieces of film containing all parts of a printing job to produce flats or composite negatives for preparing printing plates or cylinders.
Etchers and engravers
  • Examine the text, design, or pattern to determine how it will be etched or engraved onto the workpiece
  • Prepare surface of workpiece for etching or engraving by cleaning, polishing, treating, and applying additional methods
  • Etch or engrave the text, design or pattern onto the workpiece using hand tools, etching machines, photogravure or laser processes.
Prepress technicians, platemakers, proofmakers, and pre-flight/file-preparation operators
  • Operate various computer-controlled studio systems to perform colour separation, retouching and editing that allow changes to be made to a colour negative for printing purposes, plan page layouts and electronically alter shape, size and positions of illustrations and text
  • Prepare and initiate the development of printing plates for the offset process and are responsible for the maintenance of plate flasher type devices (CTP, Computer to plate)
  • Operate vacuum frames, plate processors and step and repeat machines to produce printing plates for various types of presses
  • Operate computerized equipment to prepare film, laser or dylux proofs for quality control purposes and for customers' review.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college program in graphic arts technology or a combination of on-the-job training and specialized college, industry or other courses may be required.
  • Trade certification for some occupations in this group is available, but voluntary, in Ontario, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Additional information


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
4 – Occupations usually require a secondary school diploma; or several weeks of on-the-job training
Major group
94 – Machine operators, assemblers and inspectors in processing, manufacturing and printing
Sub-major group
941 – Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
Minor group
9415 – Printing equipment operators and related occupations
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