As a printing administrator you would play a key part in the production process of the printing, packaging and graphics industry, one of the largest areas of manufacturing in the UK. If you can lead a team, be organised and keep up with the latest technology, this job could be ideal for you.
To be good at this job you would also need to be a good negotiator. You would need IT skills. You would also need a flair for design.
To get into this job you would usually need previous experience in the printing industry. However, there are college and university courses you can do that could help you develop the skills you would need. You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme.
You could be involved in various areas of print production, such as planning, estimating, buying, sales and overall management. Your duties would include:
• supervising print orders through the pre-press, printing and finishing stages
• coordinating different print runs by planning the most efficient way to use machinery and staff
• solving problems in the production process
• using software packages to help put together quotations for jobs
• negotiating with suppliers, stocktaking and purchasing materials
• developing new business opportunities and looking after existing clients.
Opportunities are available in the area of:
Publishing houses under central and State Govt.
Printing Presses under Central and State govt.
Commercial printing presses doing Offset, Flexography, Gravure and Screen printing
Publishing houses in private sector
Pre-press solution for printing Industry
Designing and digital printing
Software solution for print industry
Color management solution
Print finishing and converting
Machine manufacturing /service
Research and development
Total quality control
The printing technology courses are offered in India at four levels i.e. diploma, degree, Masters degree and Ph.D. which are offered at university, institutes and polytechnic level. The eligibility for admission in Printing Technology Courses are given as under:
1 Diploma in Printing Technology 10th Pass with Mathematics and Technology Science 60 3 Years
2 B.Tech/B.E. in Printing Technology 12th Pass with Physics, mathematics as compulsory subject along with Chemistry, Computer Sc./Bio-tech./ biology subject and admission on the basis of merit of AIEEE or State level engineering competitive exam. OR diploma holders can get admission in 2nd year directly through LEET. 60 4 Year
3 M.Tech/M.E. in Printing Technology 55% marks in B.Tech/B.E in Ptg. Tech./Packaging Tech. and with valid GATE score or on the basis of merit of test conducted by the university 20 2 Year
4 Ph.D. in Printing Technology As per ordinance of the universities - 2-4 years
1-4 years, Rs 279,000