Bindery Machine Operators

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Bindery Machine Operators

Bindery Machine Operators - Preparation

To work as a bookbinder or bindery worker, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

No formal education is required beyond high school for this occupation.

On-the-job training

Most bookbinders and bindery workers learn their skills on the job from an experienced worker. You begin by doing simple tasks such as moving paper to the cutting machines. As you gain experience, you learn to operate one or more machines. In general, training lasts up to one year.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to become printing specialists. Training lasts from eight to 20 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job. The skills you learn in this military occupation may transfer to bindery jobs.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.