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Print Binding and Finishing Workers

Bind books and other publications or finish printed products by hand or machine. May set up binding and finishing machines.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Stitch or glue endpapers, bindings, backings, or signatures, using sewing machines, glue machines, or glue and brushes.
    • Trim edges of books to size, using cutting machines, book trimming machines, or hand cutters.
    • Insert book bodies in devices that form back edges of books into convex shapes and produce grooves that facilitate cover attachment.
    • Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions or to determine whether adjustments are needed.
    • Lubricate, clean, or make minor repairs to machine parts to keep machines in working condition.
    • Maintain records, such as daily production records, using specified forms.
    • Set up or operate bindery machines, such as coil binders, thermal or tape binders, plastic comb binders, or specialty binders.
    • Set up or operate machines that perform binding operations, such as pressing, folding, or trimming.
    • Cut cover material to specified dimensions, fitting and gluing material to binder boards by hand or machine.
    • Cut binder boards to specified dimensions, using board shears, hand cutters, or cutting machines.
    • Bind new books, using hand tools such as bone folders, knives, hammers, or brass binding tools.
    • Perform highly skilled hand finishing binding operations, such as grooving or lettering.
    • Imprint or emboss lettering, designs, or numbers on book covers, using gold, silver, or colored foil, and stamping machines.
    • Compress sewed or glued signatures, using hand presses or smashing machines.
    • Form book bodies by folding and sewing printed sheets to form signatures and assembling signatures in numerical order.
    • Meet with clients, printers, or designers to discuss job requirements or binding plans.
    • Prepare finished books for shipping by wrapping or packing books and stacking boxes on pallets.
    • Set up or operate glue machines by filling glue reservoirs, turning switches to activate heating elements, or adjusting glue flow or conveyor speed.
    • Train workers to set up, operate, and use automatic bindery machines.
    • Design original or special bindings for limited editions or other custom binding projects.
    • Punch holes in and fasten paper sheets, signatures, or other material, using hand or machine punches and staplers.
    • Repair, restore, or rebind old, rare, or damaged books, using hand tools.
    • Apply color to edges of signatures using brushes, pads, or atomizers.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 32780/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 15.76/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,610
    • Yearly Projected Openings 290

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: 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

    Tools

    • Thermal book binding machines
    • Printing assemblers
    • Book stitching machines
    • Book folding machines
    • Book creasing machines

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