Press Technician

Apprenticeship , Level 3
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What Our Students Say

“Before I came to Leeds City College, I was in school, I was in such a bad way at school, skiving lessons all the time, teachers always on my case, getting kicked out numerous times almost. So I applied for here just hoping to get on a course, I got accepted – it was entry Level 3. Dave was my tutor and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better as a tutor, because he just helped me. He helped me with every regard, with Maths and English, workshop work, the theory side of the workshop work – telling me how everything is and showing me what’s what.”

Harrison

“Before I came to Leeds City College, I was in school, I was in such a bad way at school, skiving lessons all the time, teachers always on my case, getting kicked out numerous times almost. So I applied for here just hoping to get on a course, I got accepted – it was entry Level 3. Dave was my tutor and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better as a tutor, because he just helped me. He helped me with every regard, with Maths and English, workshop work, the theory side of the workshop work – telling me how everything is and showing me what’s what.”

Harrison

“The decision that made me pick between here and other places was when I came to the open day everyone was just really friendly and open, and it just felt like a really welcoming environment to be in.”

Charli

Course Information

Introduction

Printing is carried out using printing presses; typically, the company’s most expensive and valuable machinery. There are 6 different categories of printing: lithography, screen, flexography, gravure, letterpress and digital. Each requires different techniques in order to operate successfully, and companies may use one or more categories of press depending on the customer needs. Job duties can vary according to machine type and technology, as well as by printing category.

Those with a mechanical and technical mind-set the role of press technician may be attractive due to the complexity of the equipment and the wide array of continuous improvement methods which could be applied in a given situation.

Start date: October and April

Overview

What you will study



  • Printing machinery, including a detailed understanding of the full
    operating capabilities and limitations of the specific press.
  • Production processes including the cause and effect of pre-press issues on
    print and print issues on post-press.
  • Presses are high-value capital equipment. Therefore, an in-depth knowledge
    of how to prepare a machine for running, shut down, and maintenance.
  • The properties and structures of materials, inks, toners, blankets,
    plates, cylinders and the various chemicals required for successful long-term
    operation and maintenance.
  • Quality control expectations and how to apply continuous improvement
    techniques to cost, quality and delivery.
  • How to safely handle, transport and store various materials and chemicals
    within the print working environment.
  • How to complete all reports and relevant paperwork for specified job or
    department.

Benefits and skills

Set up, run and maintain a specified type of multi-unit printing press at the appropriate speed and at quality levels dictated by the work instructions and company guidelines. This can include cleaning and servicing key elements or preparing the machine for the next shift.

Deal with a wide range of different printing operations; handling inks and maintenance

Entry requirements

Maths and English at level 4 or above.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

Full time employment with the employer.

Assessment types

How you will be assessed

Observation at work

Online exam at a GQA centre

Professional discussion at work

Course details

Duration: 2 years
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 74481-01

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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