Printing Production Technology

  • Location: West Campus (Leesport)
    Instructor:  Jessica Werner       
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    CIP Code: 10.0399

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

    Reading at grade level
    Algebra I or Geometry
    Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
    Ability to work independently and in a team
    Hand-eye coordination
    Artistic ability/creativity

    Career Pathways

    Printing Press Machine Operator & Tender
    Pre-Press Technician & Worker
    Offset Lithographic Press Setter & Set-up Operator
    Bindery Machine Setter & Set-up Operator
    Desktop Publisher
    Production Worker
    Graphic Designer
    Advertising Production Manager
    Publications Supervisor

Print shop graphic imaging

student taking piece off of digital printer

Vinyl print out
  • Graphic communications is a varied industry with a wide range of career opportunities. It encompasses printers, publishers, packagers, papermakers, inkmakers, equipment manufacturers, and in-house design and printing departments within corporations, banks, and even department stores. The industry also provides various technical, marketing, and distribution services such as mailing, inventory and fulfillment management, creative design, and even database management.

    The industry employs more than 400,000 people in more than 29,000 organizations. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    This Graphic Imaging program introduces students to the printing and publishing industry, teaches safety issues and explores career opportunities. Students learn the basic principles of lithography and develop skills in electronic imaging/assembly, plate making, and offset press operation. A study of color theory and application will introduce materials and technologies used for four-color reproduction process printing. This course investigates the many materials used in the printing industry. Students will gain experience in printing production and management. Practices such as inventory control, printing layouts, job processing/estimating, and quality control issues will be addressed. Students in this program gain real world experience by doing live production work for outside customers.

    Our program has continued to show growth by expanding into the digital market, including large-format printing, eco-solvent printing (vinyl signage, including vehicle graphics).

    Signs are designed and redesigned, cost estimated, and cut by computer. A computer, a software program, and a cutting plotter, will transform a thin sheet of vinyl material into easy-to-apply lettering or graphics that you can place on the sign background.

    Students will participate in learning experiences in all programs in the Communications Cluster and interact with students from Advertising Art and Design, Communication Media, and Photo Imaging.

    Industry Certifications: 

    Adobe Certified Associate - Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Print & Design
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.

    Industry certification testing fees - $30/test*

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

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