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Printing Technical Diploma

Program Code: 312041

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):

Employment Potential

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.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

  • Graphic Designer
  • Pre-Press Technician
  • Print Production Supervisor/Manager
  • Estimator
  • Pre-Flight Specialist
  • Customer Service Representative
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
  • Communication skills.
  • Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements).
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Print Technology technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
First Semester
Semester Total
13
Second Semester
Semester Total
15
Total Credits
28

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.

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare a file for Press/Output.
  • Run a press.
  • Perform post-press operations.
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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.

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