Printer's Mechanic

Printer's mechanics are responsible for the installation and maintenance of printing machines and other equipment in printing companies. Due to technological advances this work has become very specialized and an important part of the industry.

Printer’s mechanics mount, install, maintain, repair, move and rearrange a wide variety of machines and equipment. These mechanics assemble, install and test new machines, or parts of machines to integrate their operation with existing machines.

Printer’s mechanics have to complete their work quickly and efficiently, because downtime on a printing machine can lead to huge production losses. It is also necessary for these mechanics to be extremely cautious because negligence can lead to injuries.


  • commercial printing plants

  • book and magazine publishers

  • newspaper plants

  • stationery and envelope manufacturers

  • Government departments e.g. Government Printing Works

  • manufacturers and other firms that do their own printing

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a printing company

  • arrange to speak to a printer’s mechanic about this type of career and ask permission to observe them at work.

  • contact the Department of Labour about learnership possibilities in your area


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