Bindery Machine Operators


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Bindery Machine Operators

Bindery Machine Operators - Physical Demands

Bookbinders and bindery workers frequently:

  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Repeat the same movements.
  • Walk or run for long periods of time.

It is important for bookbinders and bindery workers to be able to:

  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
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  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for bookbinders and bindery workers to be able to:

  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
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  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • Use muscles to jump, sprint, or throw objects.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
  • Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
  • While looking forward, see objects or movements that are off to the side.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.