Printing machine assistant

Printing machine assistants set and operate letterpress, platen or cylinder, lithographic and photogravure printing machines, photocopiers, office printers, duplication machines and other reprographic equipment.

Tasks

  • Sets and operates presses for stamping patterns and labels on textiles, clothing, pottery, footwear and other leather goods.
  • Sets and operates machines for cutting paper to specified dimensions or for folding or binding to produce finished paper items.
  • Carries out routine maintenance and cleaning of printing machine.
  • Starts reprographic or printing machine and monitors operation for paper misfeeds and error messages, removes blockages and replaces damaged paper, and monitors quality of output.
  • Loads photocopiers, office printers, duplication machines and other reprographic equipment with stationery.
  • Sets controls to control the speed, pressure and ink flow of printing machine.
  • Positions printing plates, loads inks into reservoirs and loads paper rolls or sheets into printing press.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 12% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£21,275

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for printing machine assistant is £21,275

245 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 245. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for printing machine assistant roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £21,275 per year. That is about £1,773 per month or £10.91 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,034, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,902

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 245 people are employed in the region.

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