Employers place a strong emphasis on essential skills in the workplace. Essential skills are used in nearly every occupation, and are seen as ¿building blocks¿ because people build on them to learn all other skills.
Each profile contains a list of example tasks that illustrate how each of the 9 essential skill is generally performed by the majority of workers in an occupation. The estimated complexity levels for each task, between 1 (basic) and 5 (advanced), may vary based on the requirements of the workplace.
Desktop publishing operators use computers to enter copy into a typesetting system or operate typesetting output equipment to produce text that is ready to print. They are employed by firms that specialize in typesetting, commercial printing companies, newspapers, magazines and in various establishments in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments. This unit group also includes markup persons and pre-flight operators.
- Correct technical problems, such as a negative being too hazy or a malfunctioning machine producing a flawed product. (2)
- Encounter problems when customers make changes too close to the completion of the job. They must extend the due date, adjust the price or explain to the customer that the changes have been made too late. (2)
- Determine the time and cost parameters of rework in cases where products have been printed with text errors. (2)
- Face scheduling difficulties when subcontractors don't complete their work on time. The problem may be solved by hiring another subcontractor or adjusting their own schedule. (2)
- Solve problems when machinery breaks down, by replacing or borrowing parts, calling repairmen or getting extensions on affected jobs. (2)
- Solve software problems by troubleshooting or contacting their company's computer support staff. (3)
- Make typesetting decisions such as what format and font to use when they have not already been specified. (1)
- Make design decisions subject to the customer's approval, such as what colours to use and where to place images. (1)
- Decide whether last minute change requests from customers are possible. (2)
- May decide whether to modify existing templates on a database to create new products or to recommend designing new graphics and templates. (2)
- Decide how to organize workloads on the basis of customer priorities, the time needed to complete jobs, other team members' schedules and due dates. (3)
Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.
Job Task Planning and Organizing
Desktop publishing operators and workers in related occupations set their own schedules or obtain job assignments from supervisors. Schedules are often tight and closely related to the deadlines of publishers. Interruptions due to rush orders, questions from co-workers and customers and special assignments are frequent, leading to constant juggling of schedules. Schedules are co-ordinated with other co-workers such as typographers, scanners and proofreaders. (3)
Significant Use of Memory
- Remember the measurement details of early sketches of layouts while composing advertisements.
- Remember sketches from previous jobs saved on the computer which may be applied to new products being created.
- Memorize key commands for a variety of software applications.
- Consult electronic files by customer name, account or invoice number to find details on jobs. (1)
- Contact clients, managers or other co-workers to clarify job requirements. (2)
- May research symbols and illustrations in books and trade magazines to establish their applicability to client work orders. (2)
- Use phone books or call servicers when seeking computer support or replacement computers. (2)
- Draw comparative information from many manuals and suppliers when evaluating what new computer equipment should be purchased. (3)
Other Essential Skills:
Working with Others
Desktop publishing operators and workers in related occupations mainly work independently. They may work as members of a team with pressmen, artists and copywriters.
Desktop publishing operators and workers in related occupations have an ongoing need to learn. Learning new software programs and design techniques is particularly important.