Media technologist for print

Duration of apprenticeship3 years
The apprenticeship at Karl Knauer takes place at the Biberach plant and in the vocational school (currently located in Lahr) on 1-2 days per week.
Areas of work/industriesThe media technologists for print mainly work with print shops that manufacture newspapers, prospects, catalogues, labels or even wallpaper using the digital, surface, typographical or gravure printing method. Beyond this, employment opportunities are also available in copy shops with digital print service for low print volumes or with manufacturers of paperboard packaging or plastic carry bags that have their own print department.
ActivitiesMedia technologists for print create single- or multi-coloured brochures, placards, flyers, packaging or newspapers using the most diverse print machines and employing different printing processes. They transfer print data, prepare the data and use it to create print forms. After they have prepared all the required materials – e.g., colours and paper – for the printing process, they calibrate the printing machine, fill in the colours in the respective containers, and adjust the colouring scheme.
Then they run test prints and press proofs, calibrating the colours with the respective requirements and adjusting any deviations. During the print process, they monitor all of the machine functions and, if required, correct the settings in order to ensure a consistent quality.
Next they clean and maintain the machines as well as the auxiliary equipment after the printing process. In part, media technologists for print also finish and further process the print products.
Depending on the product, they fold, cut, tie or stitch the printed sheets with the corresponding machines.  They also package and send the completed print products
or they give these directly to the customers.
Place of workThey usually work in manufacturing areas and in workshops. Here they operate print as well as cutting or folding machines.
They manage the printing process from the control centre. Furthermore their workplace is determined by tools, print forms, toners or adhesives. In the colour laboratory, they assemble the required print colours. The print data is processed on computer located in neighbouring offices.
Further education
  • Foreman
  • Technician in print technology area of specialisation
  • Technician for operational management science
  • Training supervisor for recognised vocational occupations
  • and much more

We look forward to receiving your complete application via e-mail (your application and all pertinent documents should be in PDF-format) to: The e-mail may only contain three attachments and the files may not be larger than 8 MB.
In case you have any questions relating to the offered apprenticeship programmes, please feel free to contact Markus Dilger:

Markus Dilger
Zeller Straße 14
77781 Biberach/Baden

T +49 (7835) 782 510