Printing Assistant and Table Worker

Printing Assistants and Table Workers perform a variety of tasks in operating printing presses and bindery equipment and manually finishing printed books and products. They use a variety of printing press and other machines and should have knowledge of printer operations and provide quality assurance printing.

Duties and tasks

  • Assist Printers to mix ink and solvents to specifications and monitor ink quality and paper supply while running prints
  • Assist with setting up printing jobs as well as operating printing machine functions such as ink methods, feeding and delivering contrivances
  • Clean printers and machines as well as work areas and waste
  • Ensure printing, paper, ink and binding quality of prints
  • Provide basic maintenance on printing and binding machines and oil machines to ensure proper functioning
  • Use machines and manually fold, organise, attach and bind printed works
  • Use specialised tools and equipment to finish printed products, including gluing machines, automated carton folding and casing-in and binders

Skills required

  • Attention to Detail
  • Critical Thinking
  • Organisational and Coordinating Skills
  • Technical Abilities
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Printing Assistants and Table Workers typically work regular Monday to Friday hours, but may need to work evenings or weekends in order to complete large printing orders and meet deadlines. They typically work in printing press areas or workshops using a variety of printing equipment.

Professional associations / Industry information

Creative Industries Skills Council 

Innovation and Business Skills Australia 

Printing Industries Association of Australia 

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