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Printing Technology (General) Certificate

The Printing Technology (General) Certificate is designed to provide the student with a basic overall understanding of the printing industry and its allied fields. Coursework in the Printing Technology Certificate program incorporates practical hands-on practice and classroom lectures. Students learn to set up and operate offset and digital printing presses and process print jobs. They also learn to create and print digital graphics, with programs like Adobe InDesign or similar being covered. Students will learn about specialty printing as well, including flexography, package prototyping, and screen printing.

Printing Technology Associate in Science Degree 

The Printing Technology Associate in Science Degree provides the skills needed to enter the printing industry at entry level and teaches skills in digital imaging systems, offset lithographic presswork, prepress for offset and flexography, screen printing, flexographic presswork, package production, and applications of graphic design. The degree is designed to make students competitive in the evolving field of graphic communications.

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The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).

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Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full time or part time.

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Career opportunities:
• Prepress Technicians
• Electronic Prepress Operator
• Printing Press Operators
• Flexographic Press Operator
• Offset Pressman
• Printing Press Operator
• Printing Pressman

In 2016, there were 104 employer postings for flexographic workers in Orange County. More than half of the postings (63%) were for printing press operators (65 job postings). There were 101 job postings for the same occupations in 2015, and 98 job postings in 2014. More than 300 job opportunities will be available annually for occupations through 2021 due to job replacement need (e.g., retirements).

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Printing Technology

Average Salary in this Field

$37,226 to

$43,035 Per Year

Careers in this Field

Electronic Prepress Operator

Printing Press Operator

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