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Graphics Imaging Technology

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:

Introduction to Graphic Imaging/Printing

  • Demonstrate knowledge of hazard communication laws and environmental protection 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety procedures (personal, equipment) 
  • Explain importance of quality control procedures and consistency of production (SPC) 
  • Demonstrate understanding of the need for customer satisfaction 
  • Perform general maintenance/housekeeping tasks 
  • Read/interpret/write work orders or specifications 
  • Demonstrate ability to measure 
  • Identify processes and equipment in graphic arts 
  • Distinguish between color matching systems (flat color, process color) 
  • Identify basic types of substrates 
  • Calculate stock requirements 
  • Demonstrate problem-solving ability 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of job workflow 

Electronic Imaging and Copy Preparation

  • Make conversions using printer systems of measurement 
  • Identify principles of design 
  • Identify type styles and uses 
  • Identify proofreader’s marks 
  • Prepare a thumbnail sketch 
  • Prepare a rough layout 
  • Crop a photograph to dimensions 
  • Mark up copy 
  • Proofread copy 
  • Scale a photograph to a given area 
  • Prepare a dummy for multiple imposition 
  • Prepare a proof 
  • Prepare an electronic mechanical 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of troubleshooting electronic files 
  • Prepare parts of electronic file for efficient output 
  • Prepare electronic traps 
  • Identify electronic imaging components 
  • Match appropriate software to a given job 
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer graphic applications to create image 
  • Demonstrate basic computer hardware knowledge 
  • Demonstrate CD handling/care/formatting 
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic software terminology 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of output devices 
  • Demonstrate electronic imposition 

Reproduction Photography

  • Scale a photograph to a given area 
  • Crop photographs to dimensions 
  • Demonstrate understanding of film and chemistry concepts 
  • Mix lithograph darkroom chemicals 
  • Determine proper exposure for line copy, halftones, contacting 
  • Make duplicate negatives/positives 
  • Make a line negative 
  • Make a choke and spread 
  • Rescreen a printed halftone 
  • Make line and halftone reproductions using diffusion transfer materials 
  • Demonstrate understanding of screening/special effects concepts 
  • Determine densities of original copy 
  • Determine proper flash exposure 
  • Determine proper filter use 
  • Prepare a composite 
  • Use a digital camera 
  • Import digital photos into electronic page 
  • Output color separations from digital photo files 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of camera integrator basics 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of hazard communication laws 
  • Interpret concepts of environmental protection 
  • Discuss proper disposal of chemicals 

Image Assembly and Platemaking

  • Demonstrate understanding of concepts of image assembly 
  • Prepare dummy for multiple imposition 
  • Demonstrate use of the pin register system 
  • Make a choke and spread 
  • Assemble a single-color job 
  • Assemble a multicolor job 
  • Assemble a step and repeat 
  • Assemble work and turn 
  • Assemble work and tumble 
  • Assemble line and halftone combinations 
  • Assemble multicolor halftones 
  • Assemble multiple screen tints 
  • Demonstrate appropriate proofing methods 
  • Determine screen angles 
  • Protect developed plate from oxidation 
  • Demonstrate understanding of photo-direct use 
  • Demonstrate use of gray scale 
  • Demonstrate use of “double burn” 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of types of offset plates 
  • Prepare a color key 
  • Store processed films and plates 
  • Assemble film output from electronic files 
  • Demonstrate ability to troubleshoot film output from electronic files 
  • Prepare laminated proofs 
  • Demonstrate ability to properly label flats 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of chemical disposal 

Duplicator/Press Operations

  • Operate a densitometer and maintain ink density levels 
  • Make ready and operate an offset press 
  • Print and maintain register 
  • Demonstrate understanding of press chemistry (ink track, fountain solutions, solvents, dryers) 
  • Mix press fountain solution 
  • Adjust roller pressures 
  • Demonstrate understanding of dampening systems 
  • Demonstrate understanding of procedures and equipment for adjusting press pressures 
  • Lubricate an offset press 
  • Mix inks for color match 
  • Prepare, install, and replace offset blanket 
  • Clean up and offset press 
  • Demonstrate auxiliary operations performed on press (perforation, scoring) 
  • Demonstrate understanding of stripping procedures 
  • Demonstrate understanding of adjusting press alignment 
  • Demonstrate proper handling of print stock 
  • Make a color match using process screens 
  • Prepare/strip copy for binding (grind-off) 
  • Demonstrate understanding of themographic and intaglio processes 
  • Demonstrate understanding of offset press features 
  • Demonstrate understanding of offset press advantages/disadvantages 
  • Troubleshoot printing problems (scumming, pilling, chalking, roller stripping, ghosting, glazing) 
  • Adjust packing to lengthen image 
  • Demonstrate use of masking sheets 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of “green” chemicals 
  • Operate high-speed copiers 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate disposal of inks, etc. 

Finishing Processes/Shipping

  • Set up, adjust, and operate a paper cutter 
  • Set up, adjust, and operate a paper folder 
  • Demonstrate understanding of perforating, scoring, and die cutting 
  • Lubricate/maintain bindery equipment 
  • Set up and operate a stitcher 
  • Set up, adjust, and operate a paper drill 
  • Collate and gather 
  • Perform padding operations 
  • Demonstrate understanding of book binding 
  • Explain the meaning of JIT and UPC 
  • Explain assembly of carbonless paper forms 
  • Explain how “perfect binding” is accomplished 
  • Explain how plastic binding is accomplished 
  • Conduct test for paper grain 
  • Calculate number of small sheets cut from large sheets 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of types of folds 
  • Demonstrate proper hand-folding techniques 
  • Demonstrate understanding of embossing 
  • Demonstrate properties of paper stock (RH) 
  • Operate a numbering machine 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ink jet technology 
  • Demonstrate understanding of packaging methods 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of carrier options 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of postal sorting 
  • Understand concept of “value added” service 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of list management 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of personalization by geographic or other characteristics 

Written Assessment:

Administration Time: 3 hours
Number of Questions:187 

Areas Covered:

11% Introduction to Graphic Imaging/Printing
22% Electronic Imaging and Copy Preparation
11% Reproduction Photography
15% Image Assembly and Platemaking
27% Duplicator/Press Operations
14% Finishing Processes/Shipping

Sample Questions:

Which is the correct order of work flow through the shop? 

  1. shop foreman, production, finishing
  2. manager, production, shipper
  3. salesperson, art director, production, finisher
  4. owner, sales, production, finisher 

The final products that an electronic imaging professional is expected to produce are 

  1. full color portraits
  2. camera ready copy
  3. mural landscapes
  4. thumbnail sketches 

Using a vacuum frame and double burning a line negative flat and a halftone or screen flat onto one piece of film is called a 

  1. contact
  2. undercut
  3. composite
  4. halftone 

Gum solutions are used to

  1. develop images
  2. eliminate grain
  3. protect the non-image area
  4. do all the above

When duplicating two-sided copies by using the xerographic method, the term is 

  1. two-sided copying
  2. duplexing
  3. AB copying
  4. front and back copying 

Performance Assessment:

Administration Time: 3 hours and 35 minutes

Number of Jobs:

Areas Covered:

7% Design and Copy Preparation

19% Electronic Imaging

18% Reproduction Photography

22% Image Assembly/Proofing/Platemaking

21% Duplicator/Press Operations

13% Finishing

Sample Job:

Design and Copy Preparation

Estimated Job Time: 15 minutes

Participant Activity: The test participant will use design principles to produce a two-color vacation advertisement with a finished size of 7-inches by 9-inches. Three thumbnail sketches will be prepared and one rough will be developed based on the best thumbnail.