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"Platemaker"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Produce printing plates by exposing sensitized metal sheets to special light through a photographic negative. May operate machines that process plates automatically.

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Activities
Part 3
Skills
Part 4
Abilities
Part 5
Knowledge

Job Duties and Tasks for: "Platemaker"

1) Mounts negative and plate in camera that exposes exposed plate to artificial light through photographic negative, thus transferring image.

2) Examines unexposed photographic plate to detect flaws or foreign particles prior to printing pattern of aperture masks on sensitized steel.

3) Performs tests to determine time required for exposure by exposing plates and compares exposure to scale which measures tone ranges.

4) Places plate in vacuum frame to align positives or negatives with each other and places masking paper over uncovered areas.

5) Punches holes in light-sensitive plate and inserts pins in holes to prepare plate for contact with positive or negative film.

6) Repairs defective plates with missing dots, using photographic touch-up tool and ink.

7) Installs and aligns plates in printing case.

8) Examines plate, using light-box and microscope to detect flaws, verify conformity with master plate, and measure dot size and center.

9) Mixes and applies chemical-based developing solution to plates and replenishes solution in processor to maintain it in working order.

 

 

11) Transfers images by hand and covers surface of plates with photosensitive chemical, using brush, and allows plate to dry.

12) Lowers vacuum frame onto plate-film assembly to establish contact between positive-negative film and plate, and sets timer to expose plate.


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Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Activities
Part 3
Skills
Part 4
Abilities
Part 5
Knowledge



 

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Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  R-C-E        SOC:  51-5022.07