Plateless Printing Equipment Operators

(NOC 9471)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

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

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 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

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. Plateless Printing Equipment Operators most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 48% of Plateless Printing Equipment Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $32,315. 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

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$28,707

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

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

Job duties

Plateless printing equipment operators:

  • Review work orders to define job specifications like ink colour and quantity required.
  • Set up and adjust printing machine like filling ink or paint reservoirs and loading stock.
  • Input codes and key in programming data on console keyboard of computerized machines.
  • Use and monitor printing machines during print run and adjust as needed.
  • Clean machines and replace worn parts.

Sample job titles

  • colour copier editor
  • electronic sign maker operator
  • embossing-imprinting machine operator
  • laser printer operator
  • printing machine operator
  • quick print machine operator
  • silk-screen printing machine operator
  • wallpaper printer

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.
  • College or other specialized courses in printing may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Other considerations

There is some movement among the various types of jobs within this group. Movement to supervisor positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

145

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

13.8%

self employed

31.0%
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69%
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51.2

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

60.7%

Halifax

17.9%

Annapolis Valley

7.1%

Southern

7.1%

North Shore

7.1%

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

66.7%

Manufacturing

16.7%

Professional, scientific and technical services

8.3%

Wholesale trade

8.3%

Educational services

What is the age of Employment?

34.0%

55-64

24.0%

35-44

17.0%

45-54

14.0%

65+

10.0%

25-34

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

41.4%

High school

$36,385 median annual income
20.7%

College Diploma

$29,089 median annual income
17.2%

Less than high school

N/A
10.3%

Bachelor

N/A
6.9%

Apprenticeship

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Apprenticeship

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 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.