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Printing machine assistants

£11,960 Average salary at age 20
£25,480 Average Salary
43 Average hours per week


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

Main Tasks

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


No academic qualifications are required. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in Screen Printing are available at Levels 1 and 2, and in Machine Printing at Levels 2 and 3.

UK Prospects

8400 Workforce Size
12.71% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
2421 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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