Narrow Web Flexographic Press Operator

Time-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
Manufacturers Association of Central New York, Inc.
Industries
O*Net Code
51-5112.00
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
27750
State
NY
Created
Apr 04, 2021
Updated
Apr 04, 2021

Time-Based Skills

6 skill sets | 38 total skills | 27750 total hours
Safety and Workplace Orientation - 1200 req. hrs
Learn and practice employer-specific safety protocols
200 hrs
Demonstrate proper safety procedures when handling, using, storing and disposing of chemicals used in flexographic printing
200 hrs
Acquire basic knowledge of shop equipment, tools and terminology
200 hrs
Learn base substrates (e.g. paper, films, liners, base laminations)
200 hrs
Understand proper Lock-Out/Tag-Out (LOTO) procedures
200 hrs
Demonstrate proper lifting techniques
200 hrs
Substrate Handling - 2800 req. hrs
Understand proper ink technology (Water Base, UV Cure, Solvent, etc.) associated with flexographic printing
400 hrs
Load and unload roll stock per procedure
400 hrs
Verify accuracy of substrate and footage to the appropriate job
400 hrs
Check for damage in transit/printing line (if applicable)
400 hrs
Planning/Processing Job Orders - 4000 req. hrs
Understand proper color technology, ink variation: ultra-violet vs. water-base, ink adhesion, curing, varnish application and die cutting
400 hrs
Examine job orders; verify quantity to be printed, stock specifications, colors, inks, varnish and die cutting, perforation, lineal scoring, etc. special printing instructions
400 hrs
Obtain and verify required materials
400 hrs
Job Preparation - 10650 req. hrs
Obtain or mix inks and fill ink fountains/stations
950 hrs
Remove particles of dust or dried ink from plate
950 hrs
Understand tension controls, splicing methods and how to adjust
950 hrs
Verify that paper/ adhesive varnish meets the specifications for a given job
950 hrs
Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments
950 hrs
Demonstrate running solid color, screens/halftones, process- color and multi-color work using pantone matching system (PMS) colors
950 hrs
Change press plates, splices, or cylinders as required
950 hrs
Press Operation - 22650 req. hrs
Adjust press throughout production run to maintain specific registration and color density
1000 hrs
Understand the proper equipment and tools used in the print stations (use of printing plates, rollers, inks)
1000 hrs
Demonstrate proper die handling and die maintenance
1000 hrs
Demonstrate proper drying and curing of ink and varnish
1000 hrs
Adjust bulbs, electron beam, etc. as needed
1000 hrs
Become familiar with personal tools and their use on the press line (Allen wrenches, rulers, calculators, hammer, flashlight, magnifying glass)
1000 hrs
Monitor printing process on control panel or computer monitor (if available), adjust press manually and/or electronically
1000 hrs
Monitor automated press operation and defect detection systems and respond to fault, error, or alert messages
1000 hrs
Troubleshoot potential press/print defects and make proper adjustments
1000 hrs
Verify strips to appropriate target
1000 hrs
Meet and maintain various quality and functionality test requirements (e.g. barcode scanning, tape rub tests, etc.)
1000 hrs
Complete all applicable paperwork and electronic functions
1000 hrs
Cleaning, Maintaining, Repairing Press - 27750 req. hrs
Clean ink fountains, plates, or printing unit cylinders (plate and impression cylinders) when press runs are completed
850 hrs
Understand how to thoroughly inspect and clean fountain roller, as well as the anilox roller
850 hrs
Identify natural wear & tear on doctor blades, along with proper cleaning procedure post-operation
850 hrs
Lubricate press
850 hrs
Identify and repair minor mechanical malfunctions
850 hrs
Perform preventive maintenance on press and auxiliary equipment and record data
850 hrs

Technical Instruction

Safety, Health, and the Workplace
Basic Shop Safety
# | 24 hrs
Basic Machine Safety
# | 24 hrs
Basic Lock-Out/Tag-Out Procedures
# | 24 hrs
Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
# | 24 hrs
Safe Handling, Use, Storage and Disposal of All Trade-Related Chemicals and Materials
# | 24 hrs
Familiarization with SDS (Right to Know)
# | 24 hrs
Local, State and Federal Guidelines Affecting the Printing Industry (if applicable)
# | 24 hrs
Sexual Harassment Prevention – must comply with Section 201-g of the Labor Law
# | 24 hrs
Mathematics
Basic Arithmetic & Measurement
# | 24 hrs
Trade Math (including computing percentages, weights and measures; calculating amounts of ink and paper needed to do a job), press count calculations
# | 24 hrs
Applications to the Trade
# | 24 hrs
Trade Theory and Science
Introduction to the Principles of Mechanics
# | 72 hrs
Color Theory
# | 72 hrs
Electronics (including proper in-line press equipment, narrow web vs. wide web)
# | 72 hrs
Materials of the Trade (Inks, Papers, Film and Various Substrates)
# | 72 hrs
Introduction to the Flexographic Printing Process and Associated Equipment
# | 72 hrs
Printing Operations
# | 72 hrs
Troubleshooting; “bounces & repeats”, registration and other press problems
# | 72 hrs
Preventative Maintenance
# | 72 hrs