Binding and finishing machine operators (NOC 9473)

About this job

Binding and finishing machine operators work for binderies, commercial printing companies, newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies, and establishments in both the public and private sectors that have in-house printing, binding and finishing departments. They perform a variety of tasks.

People in these occupations:

  • set up, operate or oversee the operation of specific machines, equipment or computerized units that bind and finish printed material
  • perform finishing tasks in the paper, carton and packaging industries
  • encode and stamp plastic cards
Common job titles
  • binder / finisher
  • binder, industrial / machine
  • collating machine / gluer
  • credit card die-cutter
  • cutter - guillotine / trimmer
  • gathering and gluing machine


Binding and finishing machine operators:

  • Set up and operate specialized equipment and machines that cut, fold, gather and bind or finish brochures, pamphlets, business forms, magazines, books and other printed material
  • Set up and operate specialized equipment and machines that die cut, emboss, imprint, laminate, heat stamp and perform other finishing operations on printed material
  • Perform pre-production runs of binding or finishing jobs to verify output and to ensure that product specifications are met
  • 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
  • May repair and rebind damaged or worn books.

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Binding and finishing machine operators usually work in a typical indoor work environment.
  • Work may be performed with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools that could cause an injury.
  • This work can produce enough noise to cause loss of hearing; however, wearing protective safety devices can reduce this risk.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is mobility among various types of binding machine operators in this group.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources