7303 – Supervisors, printing and related occupations | Canada NOC |

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.


Index of titles

Example titles

Binders foreman/woman – printing

Binders supervisor – printing

Bindery foreman/woman – printing

Bindery supervisor – printing

Bindery workers supervisor – printing

Composing foreman/woman – printing

Composing room supervisor – printing

Compositors foreman/woman – printing

Compositors supervisor – printing

Engravers foreman/woman (except photoengravers) – printing

Engraving foreman/woman (except photoengraving) – printing

Film developers foreman/woman

Film developers supervisor

Film printers foreman/woman

Film printing foreman/woman

Film printing supervisor

Film processing foreman/woman

Film processing supervisor

Film processors foreman/woman

Film processors supervisor

Filmsetter operators supervisor

Filmsetters supervisor

Finishing foreman/woman – printing

Finishing supervisor – printing

Gravure press operators foreman/woman

Gravure printers foreman/woman

Hand compositors supervisor

Hot composition foreman/woman – printing

Letterpress foreman/woman – printing

Letterpress room foreman/woman

Mechanical composition foreman/woman – printing

Offset lithography foreman/woman – printing

Offset press foreman/woman – printing

Offset press operators foreman/woman – printing

OptiCopy and stripping foreman/woman – printing

Photocomposer operators supervisor

Photocomposers supervisor

Photoengravers foreman/woman

Photographic and film processing foreman/woman

Photographic and film processing supervisor

Photographic lab foreman/woman

Photographic processing and finishing foreman/woman

Photographic processors supervisor

Platemakers supervisor

Platemaking supervisor – printing

Plateroom supervisor – printing

Preparatory supervisor – printing

Prepress supervisor – printing

Prepress workers supervisor

Press supervisor – printing

Pressroom foreman/woman – printing

Pressroom supervisor – printing

Printers foreman/woman

Printers supervisor

Printing press operators supervisor

Printing shop foreman/woman

Printing supervisor

Production supervisor – printing

Rotogravure foreman/woman

Rotogravure press operators foreman/woman – printing

Rotogravure pressmen/women foreman/woman – printing

Stereotypists and electroplaters foreman/woman

Typesetters foreman/woman – printing

Typesetters supervisor – printing

Typographers supervisor

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.


Printing plant managers (in 0911 Manufacturing managers)

Supervisors of desktop publishing operators (in 1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers)