Scanner Operator

Operate scanners to produce color-separated positive or negative films.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Scanner Operators do?

Analyzes original copy and operates electronic scanner to produce color-separated positive or negative films for use in production of lithographic printing plates: Analyzes original copy to evaluate color density, gradation highlights, middle tones, and shadows, using densitometer and knowledge of light and color. Types on scanner keyboard or touches mouse to symbols on scanner video display unit to input software, or turns knobs or punches buttons to set scanner to specific color density, size, screen ruling, and exposure adjustments. Loads film into film holder, places holder in exposing chamber and starts automatic vacuum system mechanism that loads and secures film on scanner drum. Activates scanner to produce positive or negative films for each primary color and black in original copy. Unloads exposed film from scanner and places film in automatic processor to develop image on film. Inspects developed film for specified results and quality, using magnifying glass and scope, and forwards acceptable negatives or positives to STRIPPER, LITHOGRAPHIC I 972.281-022, PROOFER, PREPRESS 972.381-034, or customer. Performs tests to determine exposure adjustments on scanner and adjusts scanner controls until specified results are obtained. May position color transparency, negative, or reflection copy on scanning drum and mount drum and head on scanner.

Should I be a Scanner Operator?

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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Contact-Frame Operator, Desktop Operator, Digital Prepress Operator, Electronic Scanner Operator, Engraving Operator See More

    How to become a Scanner Operator

    Most Scanner Operators 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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