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Print Binding & Finishing Workers

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

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Marine Corps.

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:
  • Examine stitched, collated, bound, or unbound product samples for defects, such as imperfect bindings, ink spots, torn pages, loose pages, or loose or uncut threads.
  • Read work orders to determine instructions and specifications for machine set-up.
  • Install or adjust bindery machine devices, such as knives, guides, rollers, rounding forms, creasing rams, or clamps, to accommodate sheets, signatures, or books of specified sizes.


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


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say


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
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


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: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

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