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Prepress Technicians and Workers

  PRINT Print

Format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.

    Work Activities
    • Generate prepress proofs in digital or other format to approximate the appearance of the final printed piece.
    • Proofread and perform quality control of text and images.
    • Enter, position, and alter text size, using computers, to make up and arrange pages so that printed materials can be produced.
    • Perform "preflight" check of required font, graphic, text and image files to ensure completeness prior to delivery to printer.
    • Operate and maintain laser plate-making equipment that converts electronic data to plates without the use of film.
    • Enter, store, and retrieve information on computer-aided equipment.
    • Operate presses to print proofs of plates, monitoring printing quality to ensure that it is adequate.
    • Select proper types of plates according to press run lengths.
    • Examine finished plates to detect flaws, verify conformity with master plates, and measure dot sizes and centers, using light boxes and microscopes.
    • Punch holes in light-sensitive plates and insert pins in holes to prepare plates for contact with positive or negative film.
    • Examine unexposed photographic plates to detect flaws or foreign particles prior to printing.
    • Examine photographic images for obvious imperfections prior to plate making.
    • Arrange and mount typeset material and illustrations into paste-ups for printing reproduction, based on artists' or editors' layouts.
    • Maintain, adjust, and clean equipment, and perform minor repairs.
    • Operate and maintain a variety of cameras and equipment, such as process, line, halftone, and color separation cameras, enlargers, electronic scanners, and contact equipment.
    • Scale copy for reductions and enlargements, using proportion wheels.
    • Perform tests to determine lengths of exposures, by exposing plates, scanning line copy, and comparing exposures to tone range scales.
    • Mix solutions such as developing solutions and colored coating solutions.
    • Analyze originals to evaluate color density, gradation highlights, middle tones, and shadows, using densitometers and knowledge of light and color.
    • Activate scanners to produce positive or negative films for the black-and-white, cyan, yellow, and magenta separations from each original copy.
    • Set scanners to specific color densities, sizes, screen rulings, and exposure adjustments, using scanner keyboards or computers.
    • Perform minor deletions, additions, or corrections to completed plates, on or off printing presses, using tusche, printing ink, erasers, and needles.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $41,210/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $19.81/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,810
    • Yearly Projected Openings 140
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Independence
    Tools
    • Thermal transfer printer for commercial printing applications
    • Stackers
    • Scanners
    • Electronic media or data duplicating equipment
    • Densitometers
    Technology
    • Office suite software
    • Internet protocol IP multimedia subsystem software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Document management software
    • Desktop publishing software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.