Printing & Packing
Printing technology professionals need an understanding of printing press operation, graphics creation and design. Courses for this field include press operations, techniques and digital printing. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect from printing technology courses.
Printing technology courses can be taken as part of a diploma, certificate or associate's degree program in printing, printing technology or press/pre-press technology. In addition, there are a handful of schools that offer bachelor's programs in printing technology or printing engineering. Some degree programs require that the school has a relationship with the student's employer, while some short-term programs are geared toward those already possessing experience or credentials in graphic design or printing.
Coursework in a printing technology program incorporates practical hands-on practice and classroom lectures. Students learn to set up and operate offset and digital printing presses and process print jobs. They also learn to create and print digital graphics, with programs like Adobe InDesign often being covered. Students may learn about specialty printing as well, including flexography and screen printing.