Photographic Plate Maker

Prepare photographic plates used to print patterns on sensitized steels.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Photographic Plate Makers do?

Prepares photographic plates used to print pattern of aperture masks on sensitized steel: Examines unexposed plate to detect foreign particles or emulsion flaws. Transfers image from master plate to unexposed plate by means of contact exposure and immerses plate in series of chemical and water baths to develop image on plate [DEVELOPER]. Examines plate over light box in darkroom to detect flaws and verify conformity of pattern with master plate. Measures dot size and center distance, using calibrated microscope, and examines master and production plates for dot damage. Repairs defective plates by filling in missing dots, using photographic touch-up tool and ink. Installs and aligns plates in printing case for DISPLAY-SCREEN FABRICATOR. Prepares developing solutions, following formula.

Should I be a Photographic Plate Maker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Lithographic-Press-Plate-Maker Apprentice, Photomechanical, Offset Plate Maker, Photographic Platemaker, Plate Maker See More

    How to become a Photographic Plate Maker

    Most Photographic Plate Makers have an Associate's degree or a Certificate. Chart?chd=s:g9daaa&chl=no+college+%2826%25%29|certificate+%2850%25%29|associate%27s+%2824%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,26,50
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