Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts - Printing
Central Institute of Technology, TAFE WA
|Campus||Mid Year Intake?||Study Mode||Entry Requirements|
|Perth||No||Part-time Block or Day Release||
No minimum education
This qualification forms part of the Printing and Graphic Arts Training Package and provides training to be a printer. It applies to individuals working as print machinists in the printing and graphic arts industry. Print machinists typically set up and operate letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure printing presses, digital printers and work on a range of printed products. They prepare material, monitor and run equipment and machinery and apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. They may also provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.
Subjects you can Study
Core: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices; Inspect quality against required standards; Maintain a safe work environment; Communicate in the workplace. Electives: Prepare and maintain the work area; Perform basic industry calculations; Set up and produce complex digital print; Set up and produce basic guillotined product; Set up machine for basic laminating; Develop a basic design concept; plus more.
- Part-time Block or Day Release
21 units: 4 core; 17 elective
No minimum education
Life after Study
Printing hands operate binding machines, perform manual binding and finishing of books and printed products and carry out routine print-related tasks.
Printing machinists set up and operate letterpress, lithographic, flexographic and gravure printing presses. They work on a range of printed products including packaging, stationery, greeting cards, books and newspapers, depending on the printing method used.
- Letterpress printing is the oldest form of printing, in which ink is applied to a raised surface and transferred directly to paper through pressure. This process is used widely in the production of self-adhesive stickers.
- Offset lithography is a process of printing from a plate with a flat surface (planographic) and is used mainly in the production of newspapers, magazines, cardboard packaging and books.
- Flexographic printing uses a raised surface on a flexible rubber or photopolymer plate to produce flexible packaging such as bread bags and confectionary wrappers.
- Gravure printing uses a recessed cylinder to remove excess ink from the paper's surface, producing an engraved design effect (intaglio). This process is used mainly for long-run packaging work designed for food and other consumables.