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.
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.
As a reprographic assistant, you should:
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.
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