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PHOTO LAB TECHNICIAN - NOC 9474

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What a PHOTO LAB TECHNICIAN does:

Photo lab technicians work for film processing laboratories and retail photofinishing establishments. Photo lab technicians and film processors belong to the same working group as X-ray processors and film developers, analyzers, enlargers, inspectors, cutters, printers, and retouchers. Their job is to process and finish film for still photographs and motion pictures. Processing and finishing involves operating different kinds of equipment. For example, there is equipment to develop negatives and slides and print black and white or colour photographs; photographic enlarging equipment to produce prints and enlargements from negatives; equipment that develops motion picture film; and equipment that transfers film to video tape.  Photo lab technicians retouch photographic negatives or original prints to correct defects, splice film and mount film on reels, measure and mix chemicals required for processing, and inspect rolls of photographic prints looking for defects in developing and printing. They also transfer still photographs and motion picture film to CDs or DVDs. Successful photo lab technicians enjoy the production end of working with film. They pay attention to detail, and can handle repetitive tasks over long periods of time.

Essential Skills

  

Photo Lab Technicians use Essential Skills for many of the tasks they carry out on a regular basis.

Most Important Essential Skills: WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL SKILLS?
  • Numeracy

  • Problem Solving

  • Computer Use

Click the Essential Skills button below to see how these skills are used. Click a second time to close the list.

  Reading Text:
  Document Use:
  Writing
  Numeracy
  Oral Communication
  Thinking Skills
  Working With Others
  Continuous Learning
  Computer Use
  Self-Management and Self-Direction

 

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What do you need to be a Photo Lab Technician?

TRAINING REQUIRED MAY BE REQUIRED RECOMMENDED
Literacy & Basic Skills and
Essential Skills
X    
Some Credit Courses      
Grade 12 diploma, OSSD   X  Usually required  
Other Training X  On-the-job training X  Film processing course  
College Diploma      
Other Requirements      

The two charts below illustrate the level of skill you need to be successful in this job. The two charts show two different measurement scales - the Essential Skills scale and the Literacy and Basic Skills Learning Outcomes Matrix. You will see the numbers are different. Here's why.

The Essential Skills scale uses levels one to five to describe skills ranging from beginner, at level one,  to higher than a post-graduate level at university, level 5. The LBS Learning Outcomes Levels also uses levels one to five to describe skills but the LBS range goes from beginner, at level 1,  to approximately Grade 9, (LBS level 5). This means that skills at  level 4 in LBS fall within the level 2 range on the Essential Skills Scale. If this is confusing, don't worry. The main thing is, although the numbers are different, they are actually talking about the same level of skill.

Essential Skills and Proficiency Levels for a Photo Lab Technician:

ESSENTIAL
SKILLS
Read
Text
Document
Use
Writing Oral
Communication
Numeracy Working with
Others
Continuous
Learning
Thinking
Skills
Computer
Use
Essential
Skills Level
2 2 1 2 2 X X X X

LBS Learning Outcomes and Levels for a Photo Lab Technician:

LBS
LEARNING
OUTCOMES
Read with
understanding for various purposes
Write
clearly to
express ideas
Speak and listen effectively Use number sense and computation Use
measurement for various purposes
Solve
geometric
problems
Manage
data and probability
Self
management and self direction
LBS LEVEL
REQUIRED
4 3 3 3 3 3 3 X

 
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