Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
4d ago

Pay for printers varies depending on experience.

  • Apprentices usually start on the minimum wage, with pay increasing as they gain skills and complete unit standards.
  • After completing an apprenticeship, printers usually earn between $39,000 and $50,000.
  • Senior printers with more than five years’ experience can earn between $62,000 and $93,000.
  • Source : PrintNZ Industry Report, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Printers may do some or all of the following :

  • discuss printing requirements with clients
  • set up and adjust printing machines
  • mix ink and solvents, and adjust water and ink flow in machines
  • monitor and evaluate press operations manually and by computer to check quality of printing
  • produce a variety of printed products using different types of presses
  • clean and maintain the printing presses, including minor repairs.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Printers need to have knowledge of :

  • manual and computerised printing machinery, and how to operate and repair it
  • printing methods, inks and colours, and the material that the machine prints onto
  • types of paper and paper sizes.
  • Printers :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may do shift work at nights and weekends to meet deadlines particularly in the newspaper industry
  • work in printing companies, workshops and factories.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become a printer. Most people start as an assistant at a printing company and then complete an apprenticeship to gain a New Zealand Certificate in Print at both Level 3 and Level 4.

    Secondary education

    A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include English and maths, processing technologies and digital technologies.

    Printers need to be :

  • skilled at analysing detail and colours
  • good at communicating
  • good at basic maths
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • organised and able to follow instructions
  • reliable and efficient
  • able to work well under pressure.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for printers includes :

  • work with machinery
  • work in a factory
  • work with computers.
  • Physical requirements

    Printers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination, good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and normal colour vision.

    You also need to be reasonably fit and strong as some lifting may be required.

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