Photo Technician

Print and develop film of circuit designs.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Photo Technicians do?

Prints and develops film of circuit designs for use in fabricating printed circuit boards, using photographic equipment and knowledge of photographic processing: Reads work order to determine photographic techniques required. Aligns artwork developed from circuitry blueprint and other specifications with duplicating film on darkroom light table, following prescribed procedures. Tapes materials to table or closes table lid and depresses control to activate vacuum device that holds work in alignment during processing. Adjusts camera settings for reduction or enlargement of image, according to work order specifications, and sets or activates timer that controls exposure time of film. Feeds exposed film into machine that develops, fixes, washes, and dries film [PRINT DEVELOPER, AUTOMATIC 976.685-026]. Examines film to verify that reproduced image meets quality standards. May touch up artwork or developed film, using tape, knife, brush, or pen. May submerse exposed film in series of baths to develop and fix image, and dry film, using squeegee and electric dryer. May print and develop circuit image on diazo film, using automatic equipment, and be designated Diazo Technician.


Should I be a Photo Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Custom Color Technician, Darkroom Technician, Diazo Technician, Photo Assembler, Photo Print Specialist See More

    How to become a Photo Technician

    Photo Technicians 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 Photo Technician-related education!
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