Print Technology - Technical Diploma
Print technology professionals utilize state-of-the-art output technology and skills to create high-end graphic solutions across multiple formats such as digital presses and wide format inkjet devices. As a Print Technology program graduate, you will be skilled in electronic pre-press operations, variable data publishing, digital color management, digital print applications, wide format inkjet output, wide format graphic installation, and a multiple finishing processes. Graduates have the opportunity for employment as digital print operators, wide format graphic technicians, wide format graphic/vinyl installers, electronic pre-press technicians, and post press operators.
Follow Your Path
Some credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
Design and Graphic Technology, 101117
How do I get started in this program?
Requirements for Program Entry
- Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply
- Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at email@example.com or 920-498-5444.
What are my courses?
Students following the study plan below will complete the Print Technology technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
- Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.
- Prepare a file for Press/Output.
- Run a press.
- Perform post-press operations.
What careers are in my future?
A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:
- Digital Output Operator: produces print communication using digital output devices and computer workflow systems. Manages print quality on full color and monochrome projects.
- Offset/Press Operator: sets up, prepares and operates presses; loads paper, installs printing plates, adjusts guides and control for machine operations.
- Offset/Press Assistant: prepares press for run; runs press proof; adjusts plate, paper feed, tension of paper; ink and water flow.
- Large Format Output Operator: produce large format signage on different substrates.
- Bindery/Finishing Operator: operates machines that cut, fold, collate, staple, stitch, trim, and bind pages.
Employment opportunities with additional education
- Graphic Designer
- Pre-Press Technician
- Print Production Supervisor/Manager
- Pre-Flight Specialist
- Customer Service Representative
What else do I need to know about the program?
Study Abroad Opportunities
The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.
Classes wherever you have an internet connection.
- An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
- Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
- Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
- 12 or more credits per term.
- Fewer than 12 credits per term.