Plateless printing equipment operators (NOC 9471)

About this job

This group includes workers who:

  • operate laser printers, computerized high speed colour copiers and other printing machines to print text, illustrations and designs on a wide variety of materials such as paper, plastic, glass, leather and metal
  • work in rapid printing services, newspaper and magazine publishing companies, commercial printing companies and in manufacturing and other establishments that have in-house printing facilities
Common job titles
  • approver, proofsheet
  • operator, blueprinting machine
  • operator, braille-impressing printer
  • operator, copy-staple-glue machine
  • operator, electronic printing
  • operator, embossing-imprinting / engraving


Printing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • review work order to determine job specifications, such as ink colour and quantity needed
  • set up and make adjustments to printing machine, such as filling ink or paint reservoirs and loading stock
  • input codes and key in programming data on console keyboard of computerized machines
  • operate and monitor printing machines during print run and make adjustments as needed
  • clean machines and replace worn parts

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Workers in this unit group usually work in a typical indoor work environment.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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Additional resources

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