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Working As A Plate Maker

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Plate Maker does

  • mounted photopolymer plates on cylinders, following a specific job jacket requirement before going to the press.
  • Plate jobs through Fuji CTP.
  • Reported to the Pressroom Manager.
  • Created plates from the film assembly for the press department.
  • Retained records for ISO audit.
  • Produced Plates by Conventional Plate Making and Creo/Digital methods.
  • Experience with conventional flexo plate making process.
  • Operate a vacuum frame, plate developer, and plate bender.
  • Arranged the copy in page form.
  • Operate and maintain laser plate-making equipment that converts electronic data to plates without the use of film.
  • Performed scheduled maintenance on all plate room equipment.
  • Process negatives, proof customer pdf's and job orders.
  • Prepare job jackets for offset, color standards, die vinyls, ink tickets.
  • Inspected finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.
  • Book production: binding, proofreading final product, and packaging for shipment.
  • Strip negatives for plate making Operate Paper folding machines Operate multiple presses including 4- color.
  • Schedule preventative maintenance on all machines.
  • Received composite .PDF files from Graphics.
  • Utilized a color Kodak machine to create color prints for inspection before going to press.
  • Plated jobs using negative film on Litho IV frames and flip tops Maintained frame and processors

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Top Skills for A Plate Maker

  1. Color Correction
  2. Flexo
  3. Photopolymer Plates
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Packed lids on production line and made plates on plate-maker for flexo printing.
  • mounted photopolymer plates on cylinders, following a specific job jacket requirement before going to the press.
  • Operated equipment that transferred information & images onto specific printing tools.
  • Utilized a color Kodak machine to create color prints for inspection before going to press.
  • Remove plate and film assembly from vacuum frame and places exposed plate in automatic processor to develop image dry plate.

Plate Maker Demographics

Gender

Male

72.5%

Female

21.8%

Unknown

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Vietnamese

10.0%

French

10.0%

Cantonese

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Arabic

10.0%
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Plate Maker Education

Schools

Rochester Institute of Technology

10.0%

Metropolitan Community College

8.0%

Norfolk State University

6.0%

A-Technical College

6.0%

New Hampshire Technical Institute

6.0%

Santa Ana College

6.0%

The Academy

6.0%

Brooks College

4.0%

Springfield Technical Community College

4.0%

College of Lake County

4.0%

Western Carolina University

4.0%

William Rainey Harper College

4.0%

Albertus Magnus College

4.0%

Youngstown State University

4.0%

Sinclair Community College

4.0%

Johnson County Community College

4.0%

Liberty University

4.0%

Iowa Western Community College

4.0%

Triton College

4.0%

Dunwoody College of Technology

4.0%
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Majors

Graphic Design

19.8%

Business

15.9%

Graphic Communications

11.5%

General Studies

7.1%

Computer Science

5.5%

Criminal Justice

5.5%

Computer Applications

3.8%

Computer Networking

3.8%

Accounting

3.8%

Medical Technician

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Photography

2.2%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

2.2%

Nursing

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.6%

Automotive Technology

1.6%

Human Services

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

46.8%

Associate

22.1%

Bachelors

14.1%

Certificate

9.5%

Diploma

4.6%

Masters

1.9%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.4%
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