NOC 7303 – Supervisors, printing and related occupations



Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers who produce camera work and printing plates and cylinders, process film, print text and illustrations on paper, metal and other material, and bind and finish printed products. They are employed by companies that specialize in commercial printing or one of its components, such as binding or colour reproduction, in combined printing and publishing companies, such as newspapers and magazines, and in various establishments in both the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

Progression to management positions, such as department, production or plant manager, is possible with experience.

Main Duties

Supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule activities of workers who produce camera work and printing plates and cylinders; process film; and print, bind and finish books, newspapers, business forms and other printed products
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
  • Review and approve all job proofs or samples in order to ensure quality of work meets client specifications
  • Requisition materials and supplies
  • Resolve work problems, provide technical advice and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions
  • Prepare production and other reports
  • May set up machines or equipment.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college program in graphic arts technology may be required.
  • Several years of experience in the work area supervised is usually required.
  • Provincial trade certification may be required for some occupations in this unit group.

All Titles

  • binders foreman/woman – printingbinders foreman – printing, binders forewoman – printing, foreman, binders – printing, forewoman, binders – printing
  • binders supervisor – printing
  • bindery foreman/woman – printingbindery foreman – printing, bindery forewoman – printing, foreman, bindery – printing, forewoman, bindery – printing
  • bindery supervisor – printing
  • bindery workers supervisor – printing
  • composing foreman/woman – printingcomposing foreman – printing, composing forewoman – printing, foreman, composing – printing, forewoman, composing – printing
  • composing room supervisor – printing
  • compositors foreman/woman – printingcompositors foreman – printing, compositors forewoman – printing, foreman, compositors – printing, foreman, typesetters – printing, forewoman, compositors – printing, forewoman, typesetters – printing, typesetters foreman – printing, typesetters forewoman – printing
  • compositors supervisor – printing
  • engravers foreman/woman (except photoengravers) – printingengravers foreman (except photoengravers) – printing, engravers forewoman (except photoengravers) – printing, foreman, engravers (except photoengravers) – printing, forewoman, engravers (except photoengravers) – printing
  • engraving foreman/woman (except photoengraving) – printingengraving foreman (except photoengraving) – printing, engraving forewoman (except photoengraving) – printing, foreman, engraving (except photoengraving) – printing, forewoman, engraving (except photoengraving) – printing
  • film developers foreman/womanfilm developers foreman, film developers forewoman, film processors foreman, film processors forewoman, foreman, film developers, foreman, film processors, forewoman, film developers, forewoman, film processors
  • film developers supervisor
  • film printers foreman/womanfilm printers foreman, film printers forewoman, foreman, film printers, forewoman, film printers
  • film printing foreman/womanfilm printing foreman, film printing forewoman, foreman, film printing, forewoman, film printing
  • film printing supervisor
  • film processing foreman/womanfilm processing foreman, film processing forewoman, foreman, film processing, forewoman, film processing
  • film processing supervisor
  • film processors foreman/woman
  • film processors supervisor
  • filmsetter operators supervisor
  • filmsetters supervisor
  • finishing foreman/woman – printingfinishing foreman – printing, finishing forewoman – printing, foreman, finishing – printing, forewoman, finishing – printing
  • finishing supervisor – printing
  • foreman/woman, binders – printing
  • foreman/woman, bindery – printing
  • foreman/woman, composing – printing
  • foreman/woman, compositors – printing
  • foreman/woman, engravers (except photoengravers) – printing
  • foreman/woman, engraving (except photoengraving) – printing
  • foreman/woman, film developers
  • foreman/woman, film printers
  • foreman/woman, film printing
  • foreman/woman, film processing
  • foreman/woman, film processors
  • foreman/woman, finishing – printing
  • foreman/woman, hot composition – printingforeman, hot composition – printing, forewoman, hot composition – printing, hot composition foreman – printing, hot composition forewoman – printing
  • foreman/woman, letterpress – printingforeman, letterpress – printing, forewoman, letterpress – printing, letterpress foreman – printing, letterpress forewoman – printing
  • foreman/woman, letterpress roomforeman, letterpress room, forewoman, letterpress room, letterpress room foreman, letterpress room forewoman
  • foreman/woman, offset lithography – printingforeman, offset lithography – printing, forewoman, offset lithography – printing, offset lithography foreman – printing, offset lithography forewoman – printing
  • foreman/woman, offset press – printingforeman, offset press – printing, forewoman, offset press – printing, offset press foreman – printing, offset press forewoman – printing
  • foreman/woman, offset press operators – printingforeman, offset press operators – printing, forewoman, offset press operators – printing, offset press operators foreman – printing, offset press operators forewoman – printing
  • foreman/woman, OptiCopy and stripping – printing
  • foreman/woman, photoengraversforeman, photoengravers, forewoman, photoengravers, photoengravers foreman, photoengravers forewoman
  • foreman/woman, photographic and film processingforeman, photographic and film processing, forewoman, photographic and film processing, photographic and film processing foreman, photographic and film processing forewoman
  • foreman/woman, photographic processing and finishingforeman, photographic processing and finishing, forewoman, photographic processing and finishing, photographic processing and finishing foreman, photographic processing and finishing forewoman
  • foreman/woman, pressroom – printingforeman, pressroom – printing, forewoman, pressroom – printing, pressroom foreman – printing, pressroom forewoman – printing
  • foreman/woman, printersforeman, printers, forewoman, printers, printers foreman, printers forewoman
  • foreman/woman, printing shopforeman, printing shop, forewoman, printing shop, printing shop foreman, printing shop forewoman
  • foreman/woman, rotogravureforeman, rotogravure, forewoman, rotogravure, rotogravure foreman, rotogravure forewoman
  • foreman/woman, rotogravure press operators – printingforeman, rotogravure press operators – printing, foreman, rotogravure pressmen/women – printing, forewoman, rotogravure press operators – printing, forewoman, rotogravure pressmen/women – printing, rotogravure press operators foreman – printing, rotogravure press operators forewoman – printing, rotogravure pressmen/women foreman – printing, rotogravure pressmen/women forewoman – printing
  • foreman/woman, rotogravure pressmen/women – printing
  • foreman/woman, stereotypists and electroplatersforeman, stereotypists and electroplaters, forewoman, stereotypists and electroplaters, stereotypists and electroplaters foreman, stereotypists and electroplaters forewoman
  • foreman/woman, typesetters – printing
  • gravure press operators foreman/womangravure press operators foreman, gravure press operators forewoman
  • gravure printers foreman/womangravure printers foreman, gravure printers forewoman
  • hand compositors supervisor
  • hot composition foreman/woman – printing
  • letterpress foreman/woman – printing
  • letterpress room foreman/woman
  • mechanical composition foreman/woman – printingmechanical composition foreman – printing, mechanical composition forewoman – printing
  • offset lithography foreman/woman – printing
  • offset press foreman/woman – printing
  • offset press operators foreman/woman – printing
  • OptiCopy and stripping foreman/woman – printingOptiCopy and stripping foreman – printing, OptiCopy and stripping forewoman – printing, foreman, OptiCopy and stripping – printing, forewoman, OptiCopy and stripping – printing
  • photocomposer operators supervisor
  • photocomposers supervisor
  • photoengravers foreman/woman
  • photographic and film processing foreman/woman
  • photographic and film processing supervisor
  • photographic lab foreman/womanphotographic lab foreman, photographic lab forewoman
  • photographic processing and finishing foreman/woman
  • photographic processors supervisor
  • platemakers supervisor
  • platemaking supervisor – printing
  • plateroom supervisor – printing
  • preparatory supervisor – printing
  • prepress supervisor – printing
  • prepress workers supervisor
  • press operators supervisor, printing
  • press supervisor – printing
  • pressroom foreman/woman – printing
  • pressroom supervisor – printing
  • printers foreman/woman
  • printers supervisor
  • printing press operators supervisor
  • printing shop foreman/woman
  • printing supervisor
  • production supervisor – printing
  • rotogravure foreman/woman
  • rotogravure press operators foreman/woman – printing
  • rotogravure pressmen/women foreman/woman – printing
  • stereotypists and electroplaters foreman/woman
  • supervisor, binders – printing
  • supervisor, bindery – printing
  • supervisor, bindery workers – printing
  • supervisor, composing room – printing
  • supervisor, compositors – printing
  • supervisor, film developers
  • supervisor, film printing
  • supervisor, film processing
  • supervisor, film processors
  • supervisor, filmsetter operators
  • supervisor, finishing – printing
  • supervisor, hand compositors
  • supervisor, photocomposer operators
  • supervisor, photographic and film processing
  • supervisor, photographic processors
  • supervisor, platemakers
  • supervisor, platemaking – printing
  • supervisor, plateroom – printing
  • supervisor, prepress – printing
  • supervisor, prepress workers
  • supervisor, press – printing
  • supervisor, pressroom – printing
  • supervisor, printers
  • supervisor, printing
  • supervisor, printing press operators
  • supervisor, production – printing
  • supervisor, typesetters – printing
  • supervisor, typographers
  • typesetters foreman/woman – printing
  • typesetters supervisor – printing
  • typographers supervisor


  • Printing plant managers (See 0911 Manufacturing managers)
  • Supervisors of desktop publishing operators (See 1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers)


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