Printing Machinists produce books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, posters, leaflets, packaging materials and stationery using printing presses.

Specialisations: Flexographic Printing Machinist, Gravure Printing Machinist, Label Printing Machinist, Letterpress Printing Machinist, Lithographic Printing Machinist, Reel Fed Printer, Sheet Fed Printer.

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in print manufacturing or printing is needed to work as a Printing Machinist.

Tasks

  • Sets, adjusts and monitors substrate-feed mechanisms, delivery mechanisms, inking systems and other printing machine functions.
  • Mixes ink and solvents to standard, and regulates paper and ink supply.
  • Determines press operations to check print quality standards and detect malfunctions.
  • Produces a variety of printed products using relief, lithographic, flexographic and gravure printing presses, and in-line finishing systems.
  • Prepares plates, blankets and impression cylinders.
  • Loads paper into feeding mechanisms.
  • Monitors machine operations and quality of printing.
  • Undertakes maintenance of machines.
  • Produces and manages digital print images, and transferring and outputting images.
  • May set up and operate paper and bookbinding guillotines.

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All Printers

  • $1,132 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Printing Machinists

  • 4,400 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 11% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Printing Machinists (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 6,500 in 2011 to 4,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Printing Machinists work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
  • Gender: 11% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing78.1
Information Media and Telecommunications15.1
Wholesale Trade1.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.6
Other Industries3.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePrinting MachinistsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.631.6
VIC35.025.6
QLD21.720.0
SA9.17.0
WA7.210.8
TAS1.52.0
NT0.41.0
ACT0.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPrinting MachinistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.05.0
20-244.4-9.39.3
25-3415.9-22.922.9
35-4426.5-22.022.0
45-5431.0-21.621.6
55-5910.6-9.09.0
60-647.0-6.06.0
65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPrinting MachinistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV63.7-21.121.1
Year 1213.1-18.118.1
Year 112.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below8.7-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in print manufacturing or printing is needed to work as a Printing Machinist.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Printing & Graphic Arts VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Printers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    49% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Production and Processing

    43% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  3. English Language

    41% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    34% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Chemistry

    33% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Exposed to Contaminants

    97% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    96% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  3. Being Exact or Accurate

    94% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    90% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  5. Spend Time Standing

    90% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-5112.00 - Printing Press Operators.

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