Machine Printer

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A machine printer sets up and operates different types of printing machines or ‘presses’. They watch over the presses while they are running and sort out any problems that come up, for example a paper jam or colour imperfections in the printed item.

The Work

There are different types of printing techniques, including offset litho, flexography, gravure and digital, but you would usually work on one particular type of machine. You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

A qualified machine printer can earn around £16,000 a year. An experienced machine printer can earn around up to £30,000 a year or more, depending on size of the employer and level of experience.


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What Does it Take?

You should be:


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF)
Tel: 01676 526 030

Institute of Paper, Printing and Publishing

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