Bindery Machine Operators

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Bindery Machine Operators

Bindery Machine Operators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, bookbinders and bindery workers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low level of social contact. They work mainly with machines and print materials, but may speak to others by face-to-face conversations.
  • Usually work as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other binders.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors. Work sites may not always be temperature-controlled.
  • Are sometimes exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable. This is especially likely for bindery workers.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment or situations.
  • Are sometimes exposed to fumes and dust.
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  • Wear ear plugs only when working with especially noisy machines.
  • May work physically near other workers.
  • May wear protective safety gear, such as goggles.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cost the company or customers money.
  • Must allow the work pace to be determined by the speed of machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Make work decisions that impact coworkers or the reputation of their company. They often are able to act independently, but sometimes consult others for their opinion.
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  • Bookbinders have more freedom to set their daily tasks and goals.
  • Must meet strict daily and weekly deadlines.


  • Work a standard 40-hour week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.