Major: Visual Communication Technology
Co-Op Employer: SFC Graphics
Co-Op Job Title: Print Technician
Co-Op Location: Toledo, Ohio
Your High School/Hometown: Liberty center high school, Liberty Center, Ohio
How did you find your Co-Op?
I found my Co-Op through handshake. Our college uses this to help students find co-ops that fit their needs and wants in a job. Handshake can be confusing to use at first, but once you understand it, it is a great tool to use.
What is a typical day like in your Co-Op?
A typical day is difficult to explain, due to the fact my jobs that I print vary depending on need. I start my day by doing daily maintenance, such as, for the hdi-1 large format printer an ink purge and a manual vacuum of the print heads. Laying down a thin paper called vaccu bond, and the printing a nozzle check. A typical day would consist of running a job we call Timberlake or American Wood mark, on our hdi-1, this job is ran every Friday and consist of 72 to 100 plus different boards used. I have done small orders such as an order for 72 boards, but I have also done orders as large as 600 or more boards. To set up for this you have to lay vaccu bond down on the second bed, then printing the layout that has been made for it. Then I would rip over the files and print 12 boards at a time. I then also set up my pallet for the boards to ship out from our building.
What has been your favorite part of your Co-Op?
Meeting some great co-workers. One of them was a BGSU VCT major student. Her name is Racheal Hiser, she taught me everything I know.
How does your Co-Op relate to what you’ve learned in class?
Learning offsets can be confusing, so to use it and learn it is very different. This co-op has helped me understand off set and large format printing better.
How will your Co-Op help you in the future?
It will help me understand pre-production, such as research for projects, or how art is impacted when it is blown up or printed. It also has taught me what I will need to look for when I get a print or send out for one.