Profession screen making technician

Screen making technicians engrave or etch screens for textile printing. 

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Health and safety in the textile industry

    The requirements, rules and applications of health and safety measures in the textile industry.

  • 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.

  • 3D printing process

    The process of reproducing 3D objects by using 3D printing technologies.

  • Textile printing technology

    Addition of colour partially, according to the designed pattern, onto textile based materials. Processes for adding coloured patterns onto textile materials using printing machines and techniques (rotary of flat bed screen printing or others, heat transfer, inkjet, etc.).

  • Properties of fabrics

    The influence of chemical composition and molecular arrangement of yarn and fibre properties and fabric structure on the physical properties of textile fabrics; the different fibre types, their physical and chemical characteristics and different material characteristics; the materials used in different processes and the effect on materials as they are processed. 

Skills

  • Maintain equipment

    Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.

  • Tend textile printing machines

    Operate textile printing machines keeping efficiency and productivity at high levels.

  • Bundle fabrics

    Bundle fabrics and place several cut components together in a single package. Join related products and items together. Sort the cut fabrics and add them with the accessories required for assembling. Care for the adequate transportation to the sewing lines.

  • Prepare equipment for textile printing

    Manufacture screens and prepare printing paste. Use tools and equipment associated with screen printing. Select screen types and mesh for appropriate substrates. Develop, dry and finish screen image. Prepare screens, test screens and printed quality. Printing preparation is used for stencil, or silk-screen printing techniques to produce designs and artwork for textiles to be used for garments, textile products, furnishing fabrics or accessories or public art commissions. This skills are need for screen printing using manual techniques, tools and equipment and differ from skills for digital printing techniques.

  • Operate screen printing equipment for textiles

    Operate equipment for textile screen printing considering specifications, the type of textile material, and the quantity for production. Foresee the necessary actions for screen and printing in textile.

  • Decorate textile articles

    Decorate wearing apparels and made up textile articles by hand or using machines. Decorate textile articles with ornaments, braided cords, golden yarns, soutaches, jewellery, and cristals.

  • Cut textiles

    Cut textiles fitting to customers' desires and needs.

  • Maintain control systems for automated equipment

    Check, maintain and repair electrical and electronic elements. Check and update software of automated equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

conduct textile testing operations evaluate textile characteristics textile technologies textile industry textile chemistry oversee the printing of touristic publications research and development in textiles oversee the design of touristic publications