Print room operative

reprographic assistant reprographic operator
Print and publishing, marketing and advertising

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would print large quantities of documents for businesses and organisations.

You’d use photocopying machines and printers to produce documents like leaflets, brochures and manuals.

You’d also ‘finish’ the materials; for example trimming, binding or laminating them.

You would:

  • Find out what the customer needs
  • Work out timescales and costs
  • Programme instructions into the copying equipment, for example colour saturation
  • Make sure the machines have suitable levels of inks, chemicals and toners
  • Put paper in the machines
  • Mount printing plates or cylinders in a press and line them up
  • Check progress during the printing
  • Check samples for quality
  • Finish the documents
  • Clean and maintain the equipment
  • Do administration like recording job details and ordering supplies

In some jobs you may also help prepare designs and layouts for print runs.

There might be urgent deadlines to meet, so you’d need to be able to work quickly and carefully under pressure.

Working conditions


You would normally work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. If you work in a print shop, you may also work Saturdays. Part-time and flexible hours may be possible.


The job may involve some lifting and standing for long periods.

UK employment status





Self employed


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There are no formal qualifications to get into this role but many reprographic assistants complete Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Print Industry Occupations (SCQF Level 3/4).

You could get this job through a Modern Apprenticeship in Print Industry Occupations (SCQF Level 6).

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Art and Design
  • ICT related subjects