151- Print finishing and binding workers
Print finishing and binding workers
Bind books and other publications or finish printed products by hand or machine. May set up binding and finishing machines for print production.
Binding and finishing workers set up, operate or oversee the operation of specific machines, equipment or computerized units that bind and finish printed material. They may also used hand tools to produce, repair or modify printed materials and products. Workers who perform finishing operations in the paper, carton and packaging industries, as well as those who encode and stamp plastic cards, are included. They are employed by binderies, commercial printing companies, newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies, and establishments in both the public and private sectors that have in-house printing, binding and finishing departments.
Job activities and tasks include:
- setting up and supervising the operation of automatic binding and finishing equipment and machines
- binding full, half and limp-bound books, and repairing bindings, including repairing, restoring, or rebinding old, rare, or damaged books, using hand tools
- folding, collating and sewing signatures by machine and hand
- operating paper guillotines for pre-press and post-press paper cutting and trimming, and programming electronically operated units
- operating systems to insert printed material into newspapers, magazines and envelopes
- embellishing printed products automatically and manually
- operating photographic and electronic reproduction devices
Knowledge of prepress fundamentals, print concepts and workflows, proofing systems, press controls and checks, post press and finishing, digital imaging, page composition, image scanning and editing, page imposition, prepress output, offset printing processes, colour management in print production
Bindery work requires careful attention to detail. Accuracy, patience, neatness and good eyesight are all important. Mechanical aptitude is necessary to operate automated equipment, and workers with computer skills will increasingly be in demand. Manual dexterity is needed in order to count, insert and fold. In addition, creativity and artistic ability are necessary for hand bookbinding.
Secondary School Certificate, Certificate in printing, finishing and binding or related field of work, higher qualification or equivalent.
2 - 3 year and above
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Above the industry average
Examples of job titles:
Book binder - Collator operator - Cutter operator - Foil Stamp operator - Folder operator - Gatherer operator - Multibinder operator - Perfect binder operator - Saddle stitch operator - Small machine bindery worker
Examples of some related occupations:
Binder - Binder operator - Bindery cutter operator - Bindery operator - Bindery technician
Bookmaker - Case binder operator - Cerlox binder operator - Covering machine operator
Graphic and printing equipment operator - Offset printer operator - Paperback machine operator - Pre-press technician - Print binding and finishing worker - Production associate