Skills Binding And Finishing Machine Operator near Laval (QC)

Find out what skills you typically need to work as a binding and finishing machine operator in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Binding and finishing machine operators (NOC 9473).


People working in this occupation usually apply the following skill set.

  • Set up and operate various specialized binding equipment and machines
  • Set up and operate various specialized finishing equipment and machines
  • Operate automatic and semi-automatic equipment and machines to bind or finish print material according to specifications
  • Pack, weigh and stack bound and finished products on pallet for shipment
  • Perform pre-production runs of binding or finishing jobs to verify output and to ensure that product specifications are met

Skills and knowledge

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.

Essential skills

See how the 9 essential skills apply to this occupation.

  • Read notices and memos from the office regarding promotions, changes in procedures or holidays. (1)
  • Read job specifications on work orders, checking for the completeness of the information provided. (2)
  • May read trade magazines to learn new ways of doing layouts or new binding procedures. (2)
  • May review documents brought in by the client to ensure their completeness. (2)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) which describe new chemical products and how to use them safely. (3)
  • Read manuals to learn how to operate and adjust new machinery. (3)
Document use
  • Refer to icons on printing instruction forms to determine the type and colour of bindings. (1)
  • Refer to pictorial information on copier machines to find the location of a paper jam. (2)
  • Read lists of jobs to determine priorities. (2)
  • Read instruction labels on job orders and machines and hazard labels on chemical products such as glue. (2)
  • Read production forms which specify machine adjustments for gluing and stitching documents of various thicknesses. (2)
  • Read tables included in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). (2)
  • May refer to the ""blues"" or ""blueline"", a document which has been made up as a sample copy of what is to be produced, to ensure that the information is complete and well displayed. (2)
  • Enter production information into a table. (2)
  • Fill in copying information on Cancopy forms in regard to copying for which royalty payments are to be made in accordance with copyright law. (2)
  • May write purchase orders, recording the numbers and descriptions of products. (2)
  • Complete customer information forms outlining the client's requirements such as photocopying, laminating, thermal or cerlox binding, stamping or embossing. (2)
  • May refer to assembly drawings of machine parts which need repair. (3)
  • Read schematic diagrams to check the path of machine wiring. (3)
  • Write notes indicating what needs to be done to complete a work order, such as "bind and cerlox". (1)
  • May write e-mail messages to co-workers concerning work to be continued on the next shift. (1)
  • Write notes to counter staff to point out problems with orders which will need to be explained to customers. (1)
  • Record information in a daily log to inform other workers of jobs to be completed, supplies to be ordered and problems to be resolved. (1)
  • May write letters to clients to thank them for their business or to advise them of new services. (2)
NumeracyMoney Math
  • Take cash from customers and make change. (1)
  • Prepare quotes for customers in which material and service charges are totaled and expressed as a "price per unit". (2)
  • Calculate bills for customers, including discounts, taxes and interest on past-due accounts. (3)
Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • Monitor inventory, tracking various types of supplies. (2)
  • Schedule the time it will take to complete multiple jobs, taking into account equipment and staff available, job priorities, and current inventory levels. (3)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • Measure items to be bound in order to set the binding machines correctly. (1)
  • Calculate areas and perimeters when determining unit costs for particular orders. (2)
  • Take precise measurements of documents using a variety of measurement systems and specialized measuring equipment such as a projection wheel which shows measurements for reducing or enlarging an original. (3)
Data Analysis Math
  • On first-time jobs, analyze the rate at which units are being completed. This rate is then used to determine time required for the whole job. (2)
  • Compare data on costs and operational capacity of tabletop and floor model rental equipment needed to complete high volume jobs in order to decide the best rental value. (2)
Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the amount of plastic which will be needed to laminate an order. (1)
  • Estimate the amount of time it will take to complete a job, taking into account the extra time which may be needed in the event of a machine malfunction. (1)
  • Estimate the price of a job, considering material costs, number of units and bindery operations required. (2)
Oral communication
  • Exchange information with co-workers about the progress of job orders. (1)
  • Interact with supervisors to discuss the status of jobs and the provision of service to customers. (1)
  • Communicate with suppliers and technicians to order supplies or discuss machine repairs. (1)
  • May interact with customers to clarify an order or discuss modifications to ongoing work. (2)
  • May instruct apprentices on how to use machines. (2)
ThinkingProblem Solving
  • May find that a client's printing order cannot be located. They check files to see if it was misfiled and check all drawers and desk surfaces. They call the client only after all other avenues have been explored. (1)
  • May receive a job order which contains incomplete binding information. They contact other staff or phone the customer if necessary to clarify the order. (1)
  • May have a binding machine break down in the middle of a job. They take the machine apart and clean it in an attempt to get it running again. If that fails, they call a mechanic. (2)
  • May find that hot stamping foils or glues are not working properly. They adjust temperatures and review machine settings and processes to locate the source of the problem. (3)
Decision Making
  • Decide what glue temperature is most suitable for a particular job. (1)
  • Decide on the priority of work orders based on the size and complexity of the jobs and the deadlines of customers. (2)
  • Decide when to abort a job if they discover abnormalities such as several pages which are not printed properly. (2)
  • Decide when to call in service personnel if machines are malfunctioning. (2)
  • Decide which of several technical options will produce the highest quality product. (3)
  • Decide whether to refuse an order if they know they cannot complete it in the time frame requested by a customer. (3)
Critical Thinking

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Job Task Planning and Organizing

Binding and finishing machine operators are assigned tasks by supervisors and may plan jobs a day to a week in advance. Work priorities are often adjusted to complete rush orders. Since many machines are shared, operators need to co-ordinate their tasks and priorities carefully with co-workers. In addition, since several jobs may be in progress at the same time, it is important to organize the use of space so that orders do not get mixed up. Planning also has to take into account the time which must be left between functions. For instance, binding cannot begin until inks have dried. (3)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Remember the priorities of jobs and the sequence of tasks for several jobs which are being done at the same time.
  • Remember the names and preferences of repeat customers.
  • Remember the settings for finishing and binding machines and the pica measurements of various jobs.
Finding information
  • May use a dictionary, thesaurus and computer spell check program to assist clients in editing their texts. (1)
  • May call upon colleagues for advice on how to deal with machine breakdowns. (2)
  • Refer to manuals to find the adjustments that should be made to the machines when carrying out rarely done processes. (2)
Digital technology
  • They may enter codes into computer-controlled machines such as cutters. (1)
  • They may type notes to co-workers or customers. (2)
  • They may find customer order information in a database. (2)
  • They may input invoice data. (2)
  • They may communicate with co-workers via e-mail. (2)
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Working with Others

Binding and finishing machine operators mainly work independently. They may work with a partner at times to complete jobs more efficiently or as members of a team to complete jobs for which an assembly line approach is useful. For instance, one worker may operate a machine while several other workers feed paper into the machine and another removes the finished products. Teamwork is particularly common when large orders are being processed.

Continuous Learning

Binding and finishing machine operators continue to learn. They learn about new machines and processes through on-the-job training. They may attend customer service or marketing courses.

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