Printing Equipment Operators and Related Workers

(NOC 9471, 9472, 9473, 9474)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Individuals in these jobs operate printers and cameras, bind books, and develop film. They are employed in rapid printing services, binderies, commercial publishing and printing companies, film processing laboratories and retail photofinishing establishments, and in various public and private sector operations that have in-house printing departments.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 1275 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Printing Equipment Operators and Related Workers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 49% of Printing Equipment Operators and Related Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $36,651. 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

$11.00

Minimum

$14.50

Median

$22.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,298

Minimum

$28,440

Median

$52,488

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$12.00

Minimum

$18.75

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Individuals in these jobs operate printers and cameras, bind books, and develop film. They are employed in rapid printing services, binderies, commercial publishing and printing companies, film processing laboratories and retail photofinishing establishments, and in various public and private sector operations that have in-house printing departments.

Job duties

Photographic and film processors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate equipment to develop negatives and slides, and to print black and white and colour photographs.
  • Operate photographic enlarging equipment to produce prints and enlargements from negatives.
  • Operate equipment to develop motion picture film.
  • Tend automatic equipment in retail establishments to develop colour negatives, prints and slides.
  • Operate equipment to transfer film to video tape.
  • Retouch photographic negatives or original prints to correct defects.
  • Splice film and mount film on reels.
  • Measure and mix chemicals required for processing.
  • Inspect rolls of photographic prints for conformance to specifications or motion picture film to detect defects in developing and printing.

The following is a summary of some of the duties performed by printing equipment operators and related workers:

  • Graphic arts camera operators 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.
  • Cylinder preparers grind and polish press cylinders; expose and lay down carbon tissue; and etch or engrave cylinders using hand tools, etching machines, photogravure or laser processes to produce cylinders for gravure presses.
  • Film strippers and assemblers 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.
  • Platemakers operate vacuum frames, plate processors and step and repeat machines to produce printing plates for various types of presses.
  • Prepress technicians 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.
  • Scanner operators 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.
  • Proofmakers operate computerized equipment to prepare film, laser or dylux proofs for quality control purposes or for customers' review.
  • Printing machine operators set up and make adjustments to printing machine, such as filling ink or paint reservoirs and loading stock and operate and monitor printing machines during print run and make adjustments as required.
  • Binding and finishing machine operators set up and operate specialized equipment and machines that cut, fold, gather and bind or finish brochures, pamphlets, business forms, magazines, books and other printed material.

Sample job titles

  • blueprint developer
  • bookbinder - printing
  • darkroom technician - photographic processing
  • film assembler
  • gluing and folding machine operator - printing
  • photo lab technician
  • prepress technician
  • printing machine operator - printing

Skills

To work in these jobs, 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

  • Completion of high school is usually required.
  • Completion of a college program or other specialized courses may be required.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.

Other considerations

There is some mobility among the various types of jobs within this group. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

310

employed in 2016

73.3%

employed full-time

8.1%

self employed

48.1%
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51.9%
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41.8

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

86.6%

employed full-time

3.1%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

54.3%

Halifax

13.6%

Annapolis Valley

11.1%

Northern

9.9%

Southern

7.4%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

40.0%

Printing and Related Support Activities

10.8%

Retail Trade

6.2%

Information, Culture & Recreation

6.2%

Other Professional Services

4.6%

Educational Services

What is the age of Employment?

30.0%

55-64

23.3%

35-44

20.0%

15-24

16.7%

45-54

13.3%

65+

6.7%

25-34

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

41.6%

45-54

28.6%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

5.2%

25-34

2.6%

15-24

Top levels of education

48.0%

High school

$10,706 median annual income
26.7%

College certificate or diploma

$17,973 median annual income
12.0%

Bachelor's degree

$30,314 median annual income
5.3%

Less than high school

$12,987 median annual income
2.7%

Trades certificate

$25,510 median annual income

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,358 median annual income
22.9%

Less than high school

$21,011 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$36,968 median annual income
12.4%

Trades certificate

$37,356 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

$36,852 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Graphic communications - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the manufacture and distribution or transmission of graphic communications products. These programs include courses in the prepress, press, and postpress phases of production operations and processes such as offset lithography, flexography, gravure, letterpress, screen printing, foil stamping, digital imaging, and other reproduction methods.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Photography

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, digital images and that prepares individuals to be professional photographic artists. These programs include courses in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, colour and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Institutions providing this program

DaVinci College of Art and Design NS Ltd.

1577 Barrington Street

Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7

(902) 429-1847

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Printing Industries Association
151 Slater Street, Suite 1110
Ottawa, ON K1P 5H3
Tel: (800) 267-7280
Fax: (613) 232-1334

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