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Print Binding & Finishing Workers

Also called: Book Binder, Bookbinder, Bindery Worker, Machine Operator

What they do:
Bind books and other publications or finish printed products by hand or machine. May set up binding and finishing machines.
On the job, you would:
  • Apply color to edges of signatures using brushes, pads, or atomizers.
  • Bind new books, using hand tools such as bone folders, knives, hammers, or brass binding tools.
  • Compress sewed or glued signatures, using hand presses or smashing machines.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Library software
  • Houchen Bindery Library Automated Retrieval System (LARS) software
  • Smiths Falls Systems LINCPlus software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Label making software
  • Label printing software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)

Get started on your career:

Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$29,480
per year, on average
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