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Career Details :: Bindery Machine Operators and Tenders
Operate or tend binding machines that round, back, case, line stitch, press, fold, trim, or perform other binding operations on books and related articles.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Applies materials on books or related articles, using machine.
- Feeds books and related articles, such as periodicals and pamphlets, into binding machines, following specifications.
- Inserts illustrated pages, extra sheets, and collated sets into catalogs, periodicals, directories, and other printed products, and applies labels to envelopes, using hands or machine.
- Cleans work area and maintains equipment and workstations, using hand tools.
- Threads spirals in perforated holes of items to be bound, using spindle or rollers.
- Operates or tends machines that perform binding operations, such as pressing, folding, and trimming on books and related articles.
- Stitches or fastens endpapers or bindings, stitches signatures, and applies glue along binding edge of first and last signatures of books.
- Removes printed material or finished products from machines or conveyor belts, and stacks material on pallets or skids.
- Punches holes in paper sheets and fastens sheets, signatures, or other material, using hand or machine punch or stapler.
- Opens machine and removes and replaces damaged covers and book, using hand tools.
- Removes broken wire pieces from machine and loads machine with spool of wire.
- Creases or compresses signatures before affixing covers, and places paper jackets on finished books.
- Maintains records of daily production, using specified forms.
- Examines printed material and related products for defects and to ensure conformance to specifications.
- Rolls, bends, smoothes, and folds sheets, using hands, and stacks sheets to be returned to binding machines.
- Selects, loads, and adjusts workpieces and machine parts, using hand tools.
- Wraps product in plastic, using machine, and packs products in boxes.
- Moves controls to adjust and activate bindery machine to meet specifications.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Product Inspection
- Operation and Control
- Operation Monitoring
- Equipment Maintenance
- Equipment Selection
Frequent Work Context
- Degree of Automation
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Consequence of Error