Information about the profession
Screen printing produces printed products in different ways, using different materials. Whether on paper, glass or synthetic material, whether flat or 3D, screen printing works in every case. Not only on bottles, tins, textiles but also on dials, road signs and glass panels – the spectrum of products suitable for screen printing is almost limitless.
German vocational training is a dual system. It combines practical work and learning „on the job“ with theoretical education at college. Training generally lasts three years and concludes with the skilled worker’s examination.
During this time, trainees can specialise, depending on their particular interests and the business activity of the company they are working for.
Activities of would-be screen printers
– Analogue and digital pre-press preparation
– Screen making
– Screen printing
– Analysis of print jobs
– Selection of suitable materials and substrates
– Job-oriented production planning
– Controlling and monitoring of the print production process, measuring and proofing.
– Implementing print finishing processes, where needed.
Screen printers need to be very versatile. They do not only operate printing presses, but also use graphics software and computers. Would-be screen printers need to have technical competence, enjoy computer work and have a sense of responsibility. Good reaction speeds and colour perception are also required.
All screen printers can undergo further training and sit the master craftsman’s examination. The master craftsman’s examination is the top specialist skilled craftsman’s qualification and authorises the person to manage a company and to train apprentices.
Skilled workers and master craftsmen can choose from a wide variety of options for further training. Examples including further training as a crafts management expert for entrepreneurs and managers, or internationally recognised specialist training as an artisan restorer. In many states in Germany, the master craftsman’s qualification opens the door to further studies at a polytechnic or university.