Print Binding and Finishing Workers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Tinning Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Stitching Machine Setter
  • Stitching Machine Operator
  • Stitcher Operator
  • Spiral Binder
  • Small Machine Bindery Operator
  • Side Stitching Machine Operator
  • Saddle Stitching Machine Operator
  • Saddle Stitch Operator
  • Saddle and Side Wire Stitcher
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What They Do

  • Apply color to edges of signatures using brushes, pads, or atomizers.
  • Repair, restore, or rebind old, rare, or damaged books, using hand tools.
  • Punch holes in and fasten paper sheets, signatures, or other material, using hand or machine punches and staplers.
  • Design original or special bindings for limited editions or other custom binding projects.
  • 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.
  • Compress sewed or glued signatures, using hand presses or smashing machines.
  • Imprint or emboss lettering, designs, or numbers on book covers, using gold, silver, or colored foil, and stamping machines.
  • Perform highly skilled hand finishing binding operations, such as grooving or lettering.
  • Bind new books, using hand tools such as bone folders, knives, hammers, or brass binding tools.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $32,400 with most people making between $21,020 and $46,480

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,060 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,880 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.



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