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How to become a Reprographic Assistant

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What does a Reprographic Assistant do?

Reprographic assistants, sometimes known as print room assistants, work in printing presses, reprographics departments and specialist companies, making bulk copies of images or text using photocopying and/or offset litho printing machines. Examples of products include leaflets, posters, brochures and typed documents.

After receiving the job brief from the client or production manager, reprographic assistants help set up the photocopying or printing machines for production. They have to take into account timescales, format, copies required, colour sequences and the nature of the material being used for copies.

If working on a press, they help to mount the plates or cylinders and align them correctly. They also ensure that supplies of print materials, inks, chemicals and toners are at the correct levels required for the job, and printing controls, such as colour saturation are programmed into the machines.

Reprographics assistants may also be responsible for finishing processes including trimming, binding and laminating. Some administrative work is normally included in the role, such as recording job details and ordering supplies.

What's the working environment like working as a Reprographic Assistant?

Reprographic assistants normally work 35 to 40 hours a week. If working in a reprographics or print shop, this will include Saturdays. Part-time working and flexible hours may be possible.

Work is based in an office, workshop or retail outlet.

What does it take to become a Reprographic Assistant?

As a reprographic assistant, you should:

  • be able to work in a methodical and well organised way
  • be able to follow manufacturer's instructions and job specifications
  • be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • be computer literate
  • have an appreciation of colour, detail and design
  • have good customer care skills
  • work well as part of a team and alone
  • be willing to work flexibly.

Reprographic Assistant Career Opportunities

Opportunities exist throughout the country with a wide range of organisations: in the copying and duplicating departments of large companies, in civil service departments, local government, with hospital authorities, universities, colleges and large schools.

There are also opportunities for this type of work in many of the high street ‘instant print’ shops. In some organisations, this work may be part of the daily duties of a clerical assistant or general clerk.

In large duplicating/copying departments and printing companies, promotion may be possible to department supervisor or production controller. There may be opportunities in print/copying shops to progress to shop manager.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Reprographic Assistant that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Print Education and Training Forum
962 Alum Rock Road
Ward End
Birmingham
B8 2NS
Tel: 0121 789 5100
www.petf.org.uk

Get Into Print
www.getintoprint.org

British Printing Industry Federation
Farringdon Point
29/35 Farringdon Road
London
EC1M 3JF
Tel: 0870 240 4085
www.britishprint.com

Scottish Print Employers Federation
48 Palmerston Place
Edinburgh
EH12 5DE
www.spef.org.uk

Proskills UK
www.proskills.co.uk



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