Profession reprographics technician

Reprographics technicians are responsible for the full or partial process of reproduction of graphical documents through mechanical-driven or digital means, such as photography, scanning or digital printing. These activities are commonly performed for purposes of maintaining archives or other structured catalogues.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Printing materials

    The materials, such as paper, film, metal foils, and glass, on which texts or designs can be transferred by applying ink through direct pressure or with intermediate rollers.

  • Reprography

    The process of reproducing, reprinting, or copying graphic material especially by mechanical or electronic means such as photography or xerography.

  • Binding technologies

    The methods to fix paper materials together and enclose them in a cover such as case binding, sewing, adhesive binding, comb binding, and spiral binding.

Skills

  • Use microsoft office

    Possess the ability to work with the standard programs contained in Microsoft Office at a capable level. Create a document and do basic formatting, insert page breaks, create headers or footers, and insert graphics, create automatically generated tables of contents and merge form letters from a database of addresses (usually in Excel). Create auto-calculating spreadsheets, create images, and sort and filter data tables.

  • Operate digital printers

    Handle inkjet and laser printers, allowing the operator to print documents in a single 'pass'. Download or print the digital files to the digital printing machine using the correct machine and print download settings so that the correct fonts and substrates are used and the output meets the specifications and required quality standards.

  • Operate printing machinery

    Operate machinery for various types of printed documents, adjusting the font, paper size, and weight. This allows ascenders and descenders to be correctly placed.

  • Reproduce documents

    Reproduce documents such as reports, posters, booklets, brochures, and catalogues for a range of audiences.

  • Scan photos

    Scan images into computers for editing, storage, and electronic transmission.

  • Digitise documents

    Load analog documents by converting them into a digital format, using specialised hardware and software.

  • Follow safety precautions in printing

    Apply safety and health principles, policies and institutional regulations of working in printing production. Protect oneself and others against such hazards as chemicals used in printing, invasive allergens, heat, and disease causing agents.

  • Set colour profiles

    Maintain consistent colour output in digital colour and inkjet printers by running calibration routines and making sure that the colour profiles for the printers are still accurate.

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Produce scanned images

    Produce scanned images that satisfy different categories and are free of potential defects.

  • Handle scanning material safely

    Load and handle the material to be scanned safely and make sure that the scanning equipment is clean.

  • Operate scanner

    Set up and operate scanner equipment and its hard- and software.

Optional knowledge and skills

printing techniques maintenance of printing machines copyright legislation manage budgets perform image editing troubleshoot follow a brief meet deadlines order supplies operate binder machine prepress processes inspect printing output lay out digital written content manage offset printing process perform machine maintenance respect data protection principles unbind books communicate with customers monitor stock level report defective manufacturing materials

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