Camera, platemaking and other prepress occupations (NOC 9472)

About this job

This group includes prepress technicians who operate various computer controlled systems to perform prepress activities and workers who operate graphic arts cameras and scanners, assemble film and negatives and prepare, engrave and etch printing plates or cylinders for various types of printing presses. They are employed in firms that specialize in colour graphics or platemaking and cylinder preparation, commercial publishing and printing companies, newspapers, magazines, and in various establishments in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

Common job titles
  • camera operator - graphic arts / printing
  • clamper - camera and platemaking
  • colour correction scanning
  • cylinder engraver / painter / impresser
  • electroplating tank
  • electrotyper


Graphic arts camera operators:

  • set up and adjust black and white or colour separation process cameras to convert graphic art and photographs into film for printing plates or cylinders

Cylinder preparers

  • grind and polish press cylinders
  • expose and lay down carbon tissue
  • etch or engrave cylinders using various tools to produce cylinders for gravure presses

Film strippers and assemblers:

  • assemble and position pieces of film for printing plates or cylinders


  • operate vacuum frames, plate processors and step and repeat machines to produce printing plates for various types of presses

Pre-press technicians:

  • use various computer-controlled studio systems to perform colour separation, retouching and editing that allow changes to be made to a colour negative for printing purposes
  • plan page layouts and electronically alter shape, size and positions of illustrations and text

Scanner operators:

  • operate computerized scanning machines or digital cameras to make colour separations and corrections from colour copy or transparencies for use in preparing film, digital files, printing plates or cylinders


  • operate computerized equipment to prepare proofs for quality control purposes or for customers' review

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Workers in this unit group usually work in a typical indoor work environment.
  • Work may involve chemicals that are harmful to skin or eyes, dangerous if inhaled or may cause a fire or explosion.
  • Work may be performed with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools that could cause an injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to metal particles generated by grinding of materials.
  • Workers may be exposed to non-poisonous airborne materials such as dust in the work environment.

Career paths and resources

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