Black-and-White Printer Operator

Operate printers to produce black-and-white prints from negatives.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Black-and-White Printer Operators do?

Operates printer to produce black-and-white photographic prints from negatives: Mounts roll of sensitized paper on spindle of printer and threads paper through guides, rollers, and onto take-up spindle. Prepares batch identification sheet, positions sheet in printer, and activates printer to transfer information from sheet to sensitized paper. Prints identification number on customer envelope, using stamping machine. Removes negative strip or single negative from envelope and cleans negatives to remove dust particles, using air blower or gloved finger. Inserts negative in printer and examines image to determine whether picture setting is in or out-of-doors. Activates printer and adjusts control knobs to produce photographic prints of required shading and density. Places printed roll in envelope and seals envelope to prevent exposure to light.

Should I be a Black-and-White Printer Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Black and White Printer Operator, Black and White Print Technician, Printer Operator, Black-and-White

    How to Become a
    Black-and-White Printer Operator

    Black-and-White Printer Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Black-and-White Printer Operator-related education!
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