Profession scanning operator

Scanning operators tend scanners. They feed print materials into the machine and set controls on the machine or on a controlling computer to obtain the highest resolution scan.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Printing techniques

    The techniques and processes to reproduce text and images using a master form or template such as letterpress printing, gravure, and laser printing.

  • Reprography

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

  • Imaging techniques

    The principles, advantages, and disadvantages of various diagnostic and interventional imaging methods.


  • Prepare documents for scanning

    Prepare documents for scanning by determining logical breaks and unitization of hard copy documents and assembling and reassembling these afterwards.

  • Create digital images

    Create and process two-dimensional and three-dimensional digital images depicting animated objects or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modelling programs.

  • Set scanner controls

    Use a mouse, keyboard or other controls to set up the scanner precisely.

  • Calibrate electronic instruments

    Correct and adjust the reliability of an electronic instrument by measuring output and comparing results with the data of a reference device or a set of standardised results. This is done in regular intervals which are set by the manufacturer and using calibration devices.

  • 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.

  • Produce scanned images

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

  • Create digital files

    Create digital files in the computer system after quality checking printing or scanned documents for malfunctions.

  • Handle scanning material safely

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

  • Check for flaws in scanned material

    Check for colour consistency and possible flaws in the scanned material.

  • Write calibration report

    Report on the instrument calibration measurements and results. A calibration report includes the objectives and approach of the test, descriptions of tested instruments or products, test procedures, and test results.

  • Operate scanner

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

Optional knowledge and skills

meet deadlines follow a brief cut page edges process printing input maintain system logs use microsoft office digital printing troubleshoot maintenance of printing machines inspect printing output printing on large scale machines lay out digital written content perforate printed media digitise documents copyright legislation types of paper perform image editing