In this article, we will have an in-depth analysis of Diploma in Printing Technology course. It is a 3 years long Diploma certificate program. This course can be pursued by students who have passed 10th standard as well as 12th standard (Science stream, mathematics group). The article covers topics like course details, duration, eligibility criteria, admission process, colleges, syllabus, pg courses, career prospects and salary details.
This course can be pursued by students right after they complete 10th standard. Printing technology courses are job oriented in nature. In India, this course is available in formats like Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree (Engineering or Technology), Master’s Degree and PhD. We will focus only on Diploma course format in this article (which will be of use to 10th passed students).
What’s Printing Technology all about? What are the tasks performed by printing technology professionals? You will find answers to these questions in the following paragraphs.
Printing Technology: Introduction
Printing is a process for reproducing text and images using a master form or template. Printing technology is an engineering discipline that deals with the study, design and manufacturing of machines and materials used for printing. Apart from that, this discipline also deals with the development and study of printing processes.
Printing has been present for quite some while now. Use of printing can be traced back to the Chinese technique of woodblock printing. Thanks to advancement in the field of technology, mechanical printing was introduced. Offset printing is an example of such development. As of now, printing technology has advanced a lot. We now use technologies like 3D printing and Digital printing!
The above paragraph shows how printing processes have evolved over time. Let us now focus on materials used for printing.
Earlier, naturally obtained ink as well as oil based ink were used for printing. Now, artificial chemical inks and solutions are used for the purpose of printing. Printing is usually done on surfaces of textiles and paper. But, according to our needs, it can also be done on surfaces of plastic, metals, wood, ceramic, glass and other composite materials.
Let us focus on the printing machine part now. For large scale printing, printing press comes handy. Printing press consists of carefully assembled printing machine and equipment. These equipment work in tandem and thus makes large scale printing possible! For small scale printing, digital printing technique is convenient. Modern day 3D printing is used to create 3 dimensional objects!
As you can observe, the above mentioned paragraphs highlight 3 main areas associated with printing- process, materials and machine. Printing technology focuses on these 3 main aspects.
Printing technology professionals are trained in the above mentioned areas. They are trained to run, maintain and supervise printing machine and process. They are also provided basic details about materials (ink and surface material) used for printing.
Common tasks performed by printing technology professionals include –
- Operate printers or machine
- Maintenance of printing machine and equipment
- Process control and supervision
Apart from the above mentioned traditional tasks, printing technology professionals also perform tasks like image setting, binding, software related work, designing etc.
Type of course
It is a Diploma certificate course. On course completion, successful candidates will be awarded a Diploma certificate.
The course is 3 years long. The program consists of 3 academic years. Each academic year is divided into 2 semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months.
10th passed from a recognized board is the minimum educational qualification required. This course can also be pursued after completing 10+2 Science stream (mathematics group) schooling from a recognized board.
Minimum aggregate marks required (if criteria exists) could be anywhere around 45-55% marks (in relevant board examination).
Admission process and Colleges
Numerous polytechnic institutes, technical education institutes and engineering education institutes across India are offering this course. Both 10th and 12th passed (Science stream, mathematics group) students may apply for admission.
Depending upon the institute, the admission process could be merit based or direct admission process. In case of merit based admission process, marks scored by students in 10th (or 12th) board examination (mostly science subjects) are taken into consideration. Seats are allotted to deserving candidates on the basis of merit marks obtained by them.
PG courses and further studies
Diploma in Printing Technology passed students may pursue relevant Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology courses. B.Tech. Printing Technology, B.Tech. Print and Media Technology etc are some of the well known Engineering Degrees available in front of them.
Do you known what is a lateral entry? It is an entry, using which, Diploma holders may secure admission directly into the second academic year of B.E. or B.Tech. Engineering program! Diploma in Printing Technology passed folks may make use of this entry and pursue relevant B.E. or B.Tech. Printing Technology course!
After completing Bachelor’s Degree (mentioned above), one may go for relevant Master’s Degree courses like M.E. or M.Tech., M.S. or M.Sc. and PG Diploma courses. Other than that, they may also pursue useful courses like MBA, Diploma in Management etc.
To get a better idea about the course structure, let us take a look at some of the core subjects present in Diploma in Printing Technology course. Note: Only the core subjects have been mentioned, not all subjects present in the academic program have been mentioned in the below list.
- Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Physics
- Engineering Drawing/Graphics
- Basics of Printing
- Basics of Chemistry
- Basics of DTP
- Text Generation
- Basics of Graphic Design
- Printing Processes
- Image Carrier
- Printer Science
- Mechanical Engineering for Printing
- Binding and Finishing Process
- Digital Printing
- Image Generation and Correction
- Advanced Offset Printing
- Printer Management
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering for Printing
- Costing and Estimation for Printing
- Converting and Packaging
- Flexographic Printing Process
- Gravure Printing Process
Career prospects and job opportunities
Both government and private sector job opportunities are available in front of printing technology professionals. Diverse job profiles and opportunities are available in front of them.
Well known recruiters include- publishing firms, firms manufacturing printing equipment, firms developing and designing printing software, presses, advertising agencies and packaging industries.
Talking about Government sector jobs, well known recruiters include –
- Presses and Publishing Houses under the Central Government
- Presses and Publishing Houses under the State Governments
Talking about Private sector jobs, well known recruiters include –
- Private Presses
- Private Publishing Houses
- Advertising Agencies
- Packaging Industries
- Firms Manufacturing Printing Equipment
- Firms Designing Printing Software
In the above mentioned work setups, printing technology professionals may take on roles like –
- Printing Technician
- Quality Control Professional
- Design Specialist
- Printing Officer
Apart from the above mentioned job opportunities, self employment is another opportunity available in front of printing professionals. They may start their own small printing press or publication firm. They may also manufacture printing equipment and components and market such products. It is also possible to indulge in independent marketing of such equipment and components.
After completing Master’s level course, one may become a lecturer at relevant technical education institutes. After completing advanced course of PhD, one may also build a career in the R&D sector associated with this field!
Starting salary depends upon factors like profile of the employer, job location and qualification of the employee. Depending upon the above mentioned factors, printing technology professionals could earn anywhere between 8 to 20K Rupees at start. In case of a Government job, the salary will be based on the pay band, DA rate and pay scale.
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