Binding and finishing machine operators (NOC 9473)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Job titles

Nature of work

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.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Binding and finishing machine operators perform 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.

Main characteristics of the occupation

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.

Skill type

  • Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More 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.

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