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Print Media Technology

Keeping the presses rolling for all kinds of printed materials needed by a wide range of customers.

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Why is this skill important?

Print Media Technology involves the production of printed material using sheet-fed offset and digital printing presses. They need to use other equipment to create finished printed products. The print media technician is involved with all aspects of the printing process from the initial planning and preparation, through to the print run, checking for consistent quality in the final product, to cleaning up after the print run is complete.

The technician most often works in a printing or publishing business, and needs to have a deep knowledge of how to handle, troubleshoot, and maintain printing factors such as ink types, custom colour mixing, paper properties, and complex printing, trimming/cutting and quality control equipment.

The technician continuously demonstrates expertise and exercises technical and creative decisions throughout an often long but always exciting evolution from concept to completion.   

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Using computers
  • Being creative

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Using specialist equipment, a specified number of different products are printed on the sheet-fed offset presses.

  • Under timed conditions, Competitors will also produce a number of different products on a digital press.

  • The printed product must be finished by Competitors trimming, folding, and binding it with a paper cutter, folder, and simple binding machine to specified dimensions.

  • Marks are awarded to those who check for consistent quality and who clean up after the print run is complete.


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Competitors

Results

Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 720 Murilo Silva Brazil
Gold 718 Jérémy KOOTZ France
Bronze 707 Janine Bigler Switzerland
Medallion for Excellence 703 Manatsu Hayase Japan
Medallion for Excellence 701 Florian Kraus Germany
Medallion for Excellence 700 Dominik Steininger Austria
664 Yee Tung Wong Hong Kong, China
662 Huifang Yang China
661 Chandler Kerr United States of America
625 Anzhelika Aksenova Russia
619 Vincent Tonola Belgium

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.