National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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7 - Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

73 - Maintenance and equipment operation trades

738 - Printing press operators and other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.

7381 - Printing press operators

Printing press operators set up and operate sheet and web-fed presses to print text, illustrations and designs on a wide variety of materials such as paper, plastic, glass, leather and metal. They are employed by commercial printing companies; newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies; and establishments in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • apprentice pressman/woman
    • assistant pressman/woman
    • first pressman/woman
    • flexographic press operator
    • offset press operator
    • printing press operator
    • rotogravure pressman/woman - printing

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Operators of laser printers, colour and large copiers and printing machines (See 9471 Plateless printing equipment operators)
    • Screen printing artisans (See 5244 Artisans and craftspersons)
    • Supervisors, printing and related occupations (7303)
    • Textile printers (See 9441 Textile fibre and yarn, hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers)
  • Main duties

    Printing press operators perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Review job orders to determine job specifications such as production time, colour sequence and quantities required, and advise press crew of these specifications
    • Mount plates or cylinders and make necessary adjustments
    • Fill ink fountains and take measurements, make adjustments and determine settings to control colour and viscosity
    • Set up press and check samples for ink coverage, alignment and registration
    • Monitor regular press runs for quality and consistency using computer control console and make adjustments as required
    • Remove and clean plates and cylinders at end of press run
    • Direct activities of press crew and ensure that safety procedures are adhered to.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Completion of a college program in printing technology
      A combination of on-the-job training and specialized high school, college or industry courses is usually required.
    • Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Québec.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to supervisory positions, such as pressroom supervisor, is possible with experience.
7384 - Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.

This unit group includes tradespersons and related skilled workers, not elsewhere classified, who repair, service, install, calibrate or fabricate a variety of products. This unit group includes commercial divers. They are employed by a wide range of establishments, or they may be self-employed.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • aircraft patternmaker
    • blacksmith
    • commercial diver
    • die setter
    • explosive ordnance detector
    • farrier
    • gunsmith
    • locksmith
    • reclamation diver
    • recreation vehicle technician
    • restoration steeplejack
    • safe maker
    • saw fitter
    • small arms repairer
    • toolsmith
    • underwater contractor
    • vault repairer

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Automotive service technicians (732)
    • Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics (7334)
    • Other small engine and small equipment repairers (7335)
    • Police divers (See 4311 Police officers (except commissioned))
    • Welders and related machine operators (7237)
  • Main duties

    The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

    • Gunsmiths fabricate guns and repair and modify firearms according to blueprints or customers' specifications.
    • Locksmiths repair, install and adjust locks, make keys and change lock combinations.
    • Recreation vehicle technicians repair or replace electrical wiring, plumbing, propane gas lines, appliances, windows, doors, cabinets and structural frames in recreational vehicles.
    • Safe and vault servicers install, repair and maintain safes and vaults in banks and other establishments.
    • Saw fitters repair, set and sharpen band saws, chain saws, circular saws and other types of saw blades according to specifications.
    • Die setters select dies for forging according to work order and specifications; position align and bolt dies to ram and anvil of power presses and hammers.
    • Commercial divers perform underwater activities related to construction, inspection, search, salvage, repair and photography.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Completion of a two- to four-year apprenticeship program in a relevant trade, such as locksmith, recreation vehicle technician or saw fitter
      College, high school or industry courses combined with several years of related work experience
      Several years of on-the-job training are required.
    • Trade certification for locksmiths is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
    • Trade certification for recreation vehicle service technicians is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and the Yukon.
    • Sawfiler/fitter and sawfitter trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon.
    • Provincial trade certification or licensing may be required for other occupations in this unit group.
    • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified recreation vehicle service technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
    • Commercial divers must meet the requirements of CSA Standard Z275.4-02, Competency Standard for Diving Operations.
    • Commercial divers require an Occupational Diver Certificate of Competency issued by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) or qualification earned through a formal education program, training courses in diving or a combination of education and practical experience.
    • Commercial divers require certification of competency and a diving medical examination from an approved hyperbaric physician.
    • Commercial divers may require military or police diving experience.
    • Commercial divers usually require a provincial blaster's licence for the setting and detonation of explosives.
  • Additional information

    • The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.
    • There is little or no mobility among occupations in this unit group.
    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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