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9473 – Binding and finishing machine operators

Binding and finishing machine operators set up, operate or oversee the operation of machines, equipment or computerized units that bind and finish printed material. Workers who perform finishing operations in the paper, carton and packaging industries, as well as those who encode and stamp plastic cards, are included in this unit group. 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.


Example titles

  • Binder - printing
  • Binder and finisher
  • Bindery operator
  • Bookbinding machine operator
  • Cerlox binder operator
  • Cutter operator - printing
  • Finishing machine operator - printing
  • Foil stamper - printing
  • Gathering machine set-up operator - printing
  • Gold leaf stamper
  • Laminating machine operator
  • Machine bookbinder
  • Perforator operator - printing
  • Stitcher operator - printing

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Set up and operate specialized equipment and machines that cut, fold, gather and bind or finish brochures, pamphlets, business forms, magazines, books and other printed material
  • Set up and operate specialized equipment and machines that die cut, emboss, imprint, laminate, heat stamp and perform other finishing operations on printed material
  • Perform pre-production runs of binding or finishing jobs to verify output and to ensure that product specifications are met
  • Operate automatic and semi-automatic equipment and machines to bind or finish print material according to specifications
  • Pack, weigh and stack bound and finished products on pallet for shipment
  • May repair and rebind damaged or worn books.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a college program in graphic arts technology or a combination of on-the-job training and specialized college, industry or other courses is usually required.

Additional information

  • There is some mobility among various types of binding and finishing machine operator occupations in this group.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
94 – Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
Minor group
947 – Printing equipment operators and related occupations
Associated Career Handbook profiles
9473.1 – Binding and finishing machine operators 9473.2 – Specialty finishing equipment operators
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