Offset printers are responsible for the press operation, the ink mixing and the cutter operation. Working with a specialized printer, offset printers are responsible for the overall quality of the finished product which includes the precision of the colours, the clarity of the images and the visibility of the text. They must also ensure the material is cut precisely.
This career requires use of the following equipment: color press, cutter, polyester plates, inks, stock, chemicals, loupe, a digital scale, ink mixing equipment, a densitometer, a steel print ruler and a micrometer.
Traits and Talents
As an offset printer, you should have an aptitude for modern technology and enjoy working with machines. An eye for colour, attention to detail and precision are all skills that are required for a career in this field. You also need to have good interpersonal communication skills in order to listen, discuss and understand the clients' needs.
Offset printers usually work in printing houses where they may take on a variety of responsibilities, especially in smaller printing houses.
- Printing Machine Operator
- Pressroom Supervisor
- Prepress Technician
- Sales Representative, printing services