Binds books and other publications or finishes printed products by hand or machine. May set up binding and finishing machines.
This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Printing Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Examines stitched, collated, bound, or unbound product samples for defects, such as imperfect bindings, ink spots, torn pages, loose pages, or loose or uncut threads.
- Reads work orders to determine instructions and specifications for machine set-up.
- Installs or adjusts bindery machine devices, such as knives, guides, rollers, rounding forms, creasing rams, or clamps, to accommodate sheets, signatures, or books of specified sizes.
- Stitches or glues endpapers, bindings, backings, or signatures, using sewing machines, glue machines, or glue and brushes.
- Trims edges of books to size, using cutting machines, book trimming machines, or hand cutters.
- Monitors machine operations to detect malfunctions or to determine whether adjustments are needed.
- Lubricates, cleans, or makes minor repairs to machine parts to keep machines in working condition.
- Maintains records, such as daily production records, using specified forms.
- Sets up or operates bindery machines, such as coil binders, thermal or tape binders, plastic comb binders, or specialty binders.
- Sets up or operates machines that perform binding operations, such as pressing, folding, or trimming.