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Print Media Craftsperson

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, electricians typically complete four years of training in order to perform the job.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognised apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

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These occupations usually involve using communication and organisational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

€13k > 50 
Print Media
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€13 - 50 
Related Information:
Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 31 - 39
Highly Experienced: up to 50
Data Source(s):
SOLAS

Last Updated: March, 2016

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Print Media craftspersons will have a broad understanding of setting and operation of equipment in the four main production sectors Prepress, Printing, Print Finishing, Carton Making.


The Work header image

The work of the Print Media craftsperson range from the setting up, operating and service printing presses to print quality images on paper, board, foil and film. They also carryout machine settings, adjustments, diagnose and rectify faults on equipment, materials and processes, interpret computerised printing machine management system and platemaking. They also operate multi colour presses.  
 
In addition the craftsperson has to plan and produce sample cartons, produce layouts, forme sets and operate forme making equipment. They set and operate cutting machines, creasing machines and set and gluing machines. They also have to operate quality control instruments and specialised tools

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments.

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Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions.

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Verify that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job.

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Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration.

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Change press plates, blankets, or cylinders, as required.

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Obtain or mix inks and fill ink fountains.

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Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls.

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Load presses with paper and make necessary adjustments, according to paper size.

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Secure printing plates to printing units and adjust tolerances.

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Clean ink fountains, plates, or printing unit cylinders when press runs are completed.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Equipment Maintenance:   Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

A Printer should have planning and organisation ability and information gathering and problem solving skills. They should enjoy teamwork and using their of initiative. They should have good reporting and communications skills and understanding of customers' needs and have an awareness of environmental issues.


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