7303 – Supervisors, printing and related occupations

7303 – Supervisors, printing and related occupations

Supervisors of printing and related occupations supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers who produce camera work and printing plates and cylinders, process film, print text and illustrations on paper, metal and other material, and bind and finish printed products. They are employed by companies that specialize in commercial printing or one of its components, such as binding or colour reproduction, in combined printing and publishing companies, such as newspapers and magazines, and in various establishments in both the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.


Example titles

  • Bindery foreman/woman – printing
  • Bindery supervisor – printing
  • Composing room supervisor – printing
  • Film processing supervisor
  • Finishing supervisor – printing
  • Photographic and film processing foreman/woman
  • Platemaking supervisor – printing
  • Prepress supervisor – printing
  • Pressroom supervisor – printing

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule activities of workers who produce camera work and printing plates and cylinders; process film; and print, bind and finish books, newspapers, business forms and other printed products
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
  • Review and approve all job proofs or samples in order to ensure quality of work meets client specifications
  • Requisition materials and supplies
    Resolve work problems, provide technical advice and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions
  • Prepare production and other reports
  • May set up machines or equipment.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college program in graphic arts technology may be required.
  • Several years of experience in the work area supervised is usually required.
  • Provincial trade certification may be required for some occupations in this unit group.

Additional information

  • Progression to management positions, such as department, production or plant manager, is possible with experience.


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