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Print Binding and Finishing Workers - 51-5113.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Binder Operator
  • Bindery Operator
  • Bindery Technician
  • Bindery Worker
  • Book Binder
  • Custom Bookbinder
  • Perfect Binder Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-5100 Printing Workers
51-5110 Printing Workers
51-5113.00 Print Binding and Finishing Workers

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products.
  • Inspected printed materials or other images to verify quality.
  • Instruct workers to use equipment or perform technical procedures.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Lubricate production equipment.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Operate equipment to print images or bind printed images together.
  • Operate sewing equipment.
  • Package products for storage or shipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Sew clothing or other articles.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Printing and Publications Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Bindery Machine Setter
  • Bindery Worker
  • Bookbinder
  • Folding Machine Operator

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Bindery Worker
  • Bindery-Machine Setter
  • Book-Sewing-Machine Operator I
  • Book-Sewing-Machine Operator II
  • Bookbinder
  • Bookbinder Apprentice
  • Casing-in-Line Setter
  • Collating-Machine Operator
  • Covering-Machine Operator
  • Folding-Machine Operator
  • Head-Bander-and-Liner Operator
  • Job Printer
  • Job-Printer Apprentice
  • Magazine Repairer
  • Rounding-and-Backing-Machine Operator
  • Saddle-and-Side Wire Stitcher
  • Spiral Binder
  • Stitching-Machine Operator
  • Tinning-Machine Set-Up Operator