Binding and Finishing Machine Operators

(NOC 9473)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Binding and finishing machine operators set up, use or oversee the use of machines, equipment or computerized units that bind and finish printed material. Workers who perform finishing operations in the paper, carton and packaging industries, as well as those who encode and stamp plastic cards, are included in this group. They work for binderies, commercial printing companies, newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies, and organizations in both the public and private sectors that have in-house printing, binding and finishing departments.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Binding and Finishing Machine Operators most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 54% of Binding and Finishing Machine Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $29,799. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$28,715

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Binding and finishing machine operators set up, use or oversee the use of machines, equipment or computerized units that bind and finish printed material. Workers who perform finishing operations in the paper, carton and packaging industries, as well as those who encode and stamp plastic cards, are included in this group. They work for binderies, commercial printing companies, newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies, and organizations in both the public and private sectors that have in-house printing, binding and finishing departments.

Job duties

Binding and finishing machine operators:

  • Set up and use equipment and machines that cut, fold, gather and bind or finish brochures, pamphlets, business forms, magazines, books and other printed material.
  • Set up and use equipment and machines that die cut, emboss, imprint, laminate, heat stamp and do other finishing tasks on printed material.
  • Complete pre-production runs of binding or finishing jobs to verify output and to make sure that product specifications are met.
  • Use 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.

Sample job titles

  • binder
  • binder and finisher
  • bindery operator
  • bookbinding machine operator
  • cerlox binder operator
  • cutter operator
  • finishing machine operator
  • foil stamper
  • gathering machine set-up operator
  • gold leaf stamper
  • laminating machine operator
  • perforator operator
  • stitcher operator

Skills

You should be responsible and alert. Coordination and a mechanical skill are important. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A college program in graphic arts technology or a combination of on-the-job training and specialized college, industry or other courses is usually required.

Other considerations

There is some movement among different types of binding and finishing machine operator jobs in this group. Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

65

employed in 2016

76.9%

employed full-time

15.4%

self employed

53.8%
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46.2%
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40.5

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

33.3%

Halifax

25.0%

North Shore

25.0%

Annapolis Valley

16.7%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

69.2%

Manufacturing

15.4%

Information and cultural industries

15.4%

Professional, scientific and technical services

What is the age of Employment?

29.0%

45-54

21.0%

15-24

21.0%

35-44

14.0%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

76.9%

High school

$28,784 median annual income
15.4%

Trade Certification

N/A
15.4%

College Diploma

N/A
15.4%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Graphic Communications

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs apply technical knowledge and skills in the manufacture and distribution or transmission of graphic communications products. They include courses in the prepress, press, and postpress phases of production operations and processes like offset lithography, flexography, gravure, letterpress, screen printing, foil stamping, digital imaging, and other reproduction methods.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Printing Industries Association
Laval, QC

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.