Printing Press Operators

(NOC 7381)

in All Trades and Transportation

Printing press operators set up and operate sheet and web-fed presses to print text, illustrations, and designs on a wide variety of materials like paper, plastic, glass, leather, and metal. They work for commercial printing companies, newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies, and institutions in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate Decline sharply employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate -10 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Printing Press Operators most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 81% of Printing Press Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $47,792. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$14.55

Minimum

$24.00

Median

$36.10

Maximum

Annual Pay

$15,515

Minimum

$47,685

Median

$70,363

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Printing press operators set up and operate sheet and web-fed presses to print text, illustrations, and designs on a wide variety of materials like paper, plastic, glass, leather, and metal. They work for commercial printing companies, newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies, and institutions in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

Job duties

Printing press operators:

  • Review job orders to determine job specifications like production time, colour sequence and quantities required, and advise press crew of these specifications.
  • Mount plates or cylinders and make necessary adjustments.
  • Fill ink fountains and take measurements, adjust, and determine settings to control colour and viscosity.
  • Set up press and check samples for ink coverage, alignment, and registration.
  • Monitor regular press runs for quality and consistency using computer control console and adjust as required.
  • Remove and clean plates and cylinders at end of press run.
  • Direct activities of press crew and make sure that safety procedures are followed.

Sample job titles

  • commercial press operator
  • job printer
  • offset printer
  • printer
  • printing press operator
  • printing technologist
  • proofer - printing
  • Web press operator - printing

Skills

You should be responsible and alert. Coordination and a mechanical aptitude are important. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A college program in printing technology or a combination of on-the-job training and specialized high school, college or industry courses is usually required.

Other considerations

Movement to supervisory positions like pressroom supervisor is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

360

employed in 2016

93.1%

employed full-time

2.8%

self employed

9.7%
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90.3%
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46.2

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

62.5%

Halifax

25.0%

North Shore

9.7%

Annapolis Valley

2.8%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

77.3%

Manufacturing

12.1%

Information and cultural industries

4.5%

Professional, scientific and technical services

3.0%

Educational services

3.0%

Public administration

What is the age of Employment?

32.0%

45-54

29.0%

35-44

19.0%

55-64

11.0%

25-34

6.0%

15-24

3.0%

65+

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

40.3%

High school

$46,428 median annual income
23.6%

Less than high school

$54,286 median annual income
19.4%

College Diploma

$44,078 median annual income
12.5%

Apprenticeship

$58,789 median annual income
4.2%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Graphic Communications

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs apply technical knowledge and skills in the manufacture and distribution or transmission of graphic communications products. They include courses in the prepress, press, and postpress phases of production operations and processes like offset lithography, flexography, gravure, letterpress, screen printing, foil stamping, digital imaging, and other reproduction methods.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Printing Industries Association
Laval, QC

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.