Career as a Printing Technologist


Summary

Printing Technology means the “wide range of technologies which are required to run printing & graphic communication jobs”. Printing Technology is one of the field in engineering courses which deals with printing press operations, design and creation. At present, printing technology is non-impact and mostly makes use of computers. Printing Technology is the combination of various skills such as scientific, technical & artistic. It is a part of the mass communication process which involves various skills such as technical skills holds prime importance. Each person engaged in performing typesetting, designing, pasting, plate making, image setting, camera work, printing and binding has a specific and specialized role to perform and contribute for the output. “With holding a degree in printing technology, you can expect lots of career opportunities in India as well as abroad.”

Printing Technicians are responsible for reviewing the quantity and specifics of an order, calibrating color controls, arranging pages and operating the equipment. Additional duties may also include cutting, compressing and assembling printed pages for publication.

The type of printing process / technique used varies depending on the sort of final product your employer's business produces. The most popular applications of printing are newspapers, periodicals and hoardings, which include color magazines, books, brochures, posters, catalogue, pamphlet, banners and so on. Others manufacture labels for foodstuffs, bottles and clothing. Some produce specialised items such as chip packets, frozen food wrapping and CD labels. Offset printing (combined with lithography technique is commonly used for books and newspapers), Rotogravure (for magazines, packaging), Flexography (for labels, packaging, newspapers), screen printing (for printing on T-shirts, floor tiles etc.), digital printing such as inkjet (for books, packaging etc.), laser (for bills, documents), dotmatrix etc. are some of the common techniques used.

Work Environment

Most printing press operators work with the majority working early morning, weekend and night shifts, depending on publication deadlines. Working conditions vary by occupation. For example, press operators who work with large web presses or pieces of bindery equipment work in a manufacturing plant environment and often need to wear ear protection. On the other hand, prepress technicians and related workers usually work in quiet, clean, air-conditioned offices.

Entry Level Education

  • Diploma in Printing Technology.
  • B.Tech /B.E. in Printing Technology.
  • M.Tech /M.E. in Printing Technology.
  • PhD. in Printing Technology.

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