A bindery operator performs print jobs and sets up, maintains, and operates the bindery equipment used to create documents such as books, pamphlets, and magazines. The bindery operator needs to perform regular maintenance on the machines under their supervision to ensure they run smoothly. Troubleshooting issues with this equipment is sometimes needed, and quality checks should be carried out to make sure machines are operating at peak efficiency. When machines cannot be fixed easily, the bindery operator needs to report issues to their managers so that the appropriate technicians can be contacted. Additionally, bindery operators must perform recordkeeping tasks such as logging current jobs and documenting their results.
The ability to keep their area clean and organized is essential to maintaining a safe work environment. Additionally, bindery operators must adhere to all time constraints, ensuring deadlines are met. To meet these deadlines, the bindery operator need to make sure machines are printing at the appropriate rates. This job is generally carried out indoors in a factory setting; therefore, the job may involve working in a noisy environment with minimum physical requirements.
A high school diploma or equivalent may be required or preferred for this position. Some positions may require experience, though others will provide the training needed to carry out this job. Both part-time and full-time bindery operator jobs are available; some positions are seasonal, while others are permanent.
Bindery Operator Tasks
Set up and run bindery equipment, including folders and cutters.
Conduct quality inspections, ensuring speed of production and quality standards are met.
Maintain inventory and supplies record, tracking all uses.
Prepare and finish products, including scoring, cutting, padding, collating, addressing, and shrink wrapping.