Screen Printers are in charge of operating screen printing equipment, which can either be power-driven or hand-operated. They also often set up stencils. The job also can include figuring out potential issues with printing equipment and repairing these machines.
- Starting salary: $26,000 P/A Senior salary: $50,000 P/A Average salary: $40,000 P/A Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer Employment level: 3,500 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 2,900)
Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Screen Printer is 38.8 hours.
Employment by region:
The top three regions for employment as a Screen Printer include:
- VIC: 44.0%
- NSW: 28.2%
- WA: 11.8%
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Employment for Screen Printers has declined by -38.6% over the past 5 years and is expected to further decline through 2017.
Total employment growth over the past 5 years for male and female, employed part-time and full-time has declined by -2,000.
Gender (including full time and part time)
The percentage of males and females working full time and part time are:
- Male Full Time: 67.3%
- Male Part Time: 11.7%
- Female Full Time: 11.4%
- Female Part Time: 9.7%
Other relevant information
- Cleaning and maintaining the work area
- Coordinating colours of ink and often mixing them
- Loading ink into screen printing presses
- Once items are printed, placing them into drying racks
- Taking materials out of drying racks
- Testing new inks and techniques
- Using computers or hand to ready stencils
- Considering and seeking to improve ones own performance as well as that of other individuals
- Ensuring that machines function properly by viewing various indicators
- Properly handling machinery and systems
- Viewing text and comprehending sentences and paragraphs
Although the machines that Screen Printers work with can be noisy, the areas in which they work are usually quiet. This tends to be a full-time job, and often Screen Printers work late nights and early mornings. Travel to industry shows may occasionally be necessary.
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- Digital Printer
- Graphic Designer
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- Printing Machinist
- Stencil Preparer
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