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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9471 Occupation: Plateless printing equipment operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This unit group includes workers who operate laser printers, computerized high speed colour copiers and other printing machines to print text, illustrations and designs on a wide variety of materials such as paper, plastic, glass, leather, and metal. They are employed in rapid printing services, newspaper and magazine publishing companies, commercial printing companies and in manufacturing and other establishments that have in-house printing facilities. This unit group includes workers who operate laser printers, computerized high speed colour copiers and other printing machines to print text, illustrations and designs on a wide variety of materials such as paper, plastic, glass, leather, and metal. They are employed in rapid printing services, newspaper and magazine publishing companies, commercial printing companies and in manufacturing and other establishments that have in-house printing facilities.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read electronic mail and memos dealing with changes in policy or advertising upcoming events. (1)
  • Read notes from customers in which they explain details of jobs that they are leaving at the printing house. (1)
  • Read notes from copier technicians about the proper use of the machines. (2)
  • Refer to instruction manuals for machine use, repairs and maintenance. (3)
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Writing
  • Write notes to technicians about problems with printing presses, copiers and other equipment. (1)
  • Write notes to remember and record information such as the date of an order, problems encountered or special requirements. (1)
  • Complete order forms, invoices, bills of sale and production forms. (1)
  • Write details of orders placed by telephone. (1)
  • Write care and shipping labels. (1)
  • Write notes or email messages to co-workers to describe problems with machines or work to be done. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read pricing lists which show the price of various quantities of copies, business cards or labels. (1)
  • Read and interpret codes on tags or labels on the photocopier, toner cartridges, paper packages and other supplies. (1)
  • Enter information onto computer entry screens or copier display panels. (2)
  • Fill in invoices, bills of sale and delivery forms. (2)
  • Use tables to determine how long it will take to make a certain number of copies. (2)
  • Read and complete order forms, which record information such as the number of copies, type and size of paper and date of completion. (2)
  • Read charts to find how much of each primary colour is needed to create a specific colour of ink. (2)
  • Complete production sheets, to record how many sheets are used and how long the job took. (2)
  • Refer to assembly diagrams, which appear in instruction manuals and on machinery. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer applications. For example, use computer-controlled photocopiers. (1)
  • Use word processing. For example, type a note to a technician. (2)
  • Use communication software. For example, use email. (2)
  • Use graphics software. For example, design business cards. Use photo-correction, illustration or page layout software. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Give directions to other employees. (1)
  • Communicate with suppliers, delivery people and service repair people about problems with machines, maintenance or new products and to provide feedback on the performance of products. (1)
  • Take simple telephone messages for co-workers and supervisors. (1)
  • Participate in staff meetings to discuss production and service quality. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors about orders, problems, specifications and quality issues. (2)
  • Discuss ink mixes or colour-matching with co-workers. (2)
  • Discuss the status of jobs and their priorities with co-workers prior to shift changes. (2)
  • Interact with customers to obtain details of work orders. (2)
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Money Math
  • Calculate the price of an order, including taxes and discounts. Collect payment and make change. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Count and record waste copies for each copying job in order to account for all paper used. (1)
  • Schedule jobs to be done on the press, within the completion deadlines given by customers. Certain jobs are given priority due to their size or the length of the customer's relationship with the printing shop. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure dimensions, when reducing or enlarging. (1)
  • Calculate how many pages can be cut from a full-size sheet of paper. (2)
  • Weigh and measure volumes of ink and chemicals, to reach the right ratio with other chemicals or water. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate by sight how much stock is available and how much to order. (1)
  • Estimate the number of workers needed, depending on the amount of work currently in the department and the size and arrival time of the next batches. If there is an overestimation, the workers will lose some potential earnings as they are paid per piece completed, but workers may be reassigned to other areas to redress this imbalance. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Plateless printing equipment operators organize their own work schedule, following a set routine. They make daily lists of tasks to be done, set priorities and decide which machines to use for each job. Daily planning is determined by the number of customers and the complexity and volume of the orders they place. The work plan is frequently disrupted by emergency orders. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide if copies look good and adjust the machine accordingly. (1)
  • Decide if the colour on pages which have been photocopied matches the colour indicated on the machine's colour key chart. (1)
  • Decide which machine to use for a particular job to get the best results. (2)
  • Decide on a price for a service that doesn't appear on the price list. (2)
  • Decide the order for processing print jobs. (2)
  • Decide if a job should be redone and how to redo it with the least waste. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Paper blockages of the machine occur from time to time. The blockages must be cleared before printing can resume. (1)
  • Scheduling challenges have occurred because many orders are due on the same date. Examine the orders to assess which seem the most urgent and phone some clients to see if there is flexibility in the deadlines. (2)
  • The printing quality is poor. Find a way to correct it. (2)
  • A customer is dissatisfied. Suggest a solution, such as redoing the job or giving a rebate. (2)
  • A machine breakdown has occurred. Determine the problem and either fix it or call a technician. (2)
  • There are errors or omissions on the work order. Verify the information with the customer or the supervisor before proceeding. (2)
  • You face a unique problem which has been made more difficult by a strict deadline. For example, a number of shells may have been printed and the plates set for customization when it is discovered that the photos to be inserted are all different sizes and don't fit in the space provided. Call in more staff and instruct them on how to meet the deadline. This involves shooting new plates and reducing photos. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to price lists for prices of items not generally requested. (1)
  • Refer to work orders or call customers to get more information about an order. (1)
  • Look up and read specification sheets to verify information. (1)
  • Refer to machine manuals to learn functions or to troubleshoot problems. (2)
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