Supervisors, printing and related occupations (NOC 7303)

About this job

Supervisors in this group oversee and coordinate the activities of workers who:

  • produce camera work and printing plates and cylinders
  • process film
  • print text and illustrations on paper, metal and other material
  • bind and finish printed products

These workers are employed by:

  • companies that specialize in commercial printing or one of its components, such as binding or colour reproduction
  • combined printing and publishing companies, such as newspapers and magazines
  • various establishments in both the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments
Common job titles
  • foreperson, bindery / compositors
  • foreperson, bindery workers / finishing
  • foreperson, compositors / photocomposers
  • foreperson, film developers
  • foreperson, film developing / printing
  • foreperson, OptiCopy and stripping


Supervisors in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers who produce camera work and printing plates and cylinders; process film; and print, bind and finish books, newspapers, business forms and other printed products
  • set up methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments
  • review and approve all job proofs or samples in order to make sure quality of work meets client specifications
  • order materials and supplies
  • solve work problems, provide technical advice and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality
  • train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
  • recommend staff actions such as hiring and promotions
  • prepare production and other reports
  • may set up machines or equipment

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place indoors in a printing press environment.
  • Workers may be exposed to chemicals that could be a health hazard.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to management positions, such as department, production or plant manager is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.