5345 Bindery Technician


TITLE Bindery Technician



IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Printing Service Foreman

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Printing Service Manager


The Bindery Technician operates a variety of bindery machines such as a folder, programmable paper cutter, stitcher/collator with three–knife trimmer, and numbering, shrink-wrapping and tabbing equipment with an emphasis on commercial-grade floor model multi-unit folder that can slit trim, perforate, score, and glue bind. The Bindery Technician uses this equipment and various specifications to exacting standards to create the finished printed product, perform the final quality check of all print request orders, and prepare jobs for delivery. The Bindery Technician performs other tasks associated with the printing and postal services operation that include, but are not limited to, operation of press, inserter, and ink-jet addressing equipment, assisting the pre-press department with plate-making as the bindery workload allows, and supervision of part-time delivery staff.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required. Completion of vocational or technical schooling in printing operations is preferred.

Experience: At least two years of experience is required in commercial or in-house printing positions operating bindery, folding, and cutting machines, and performing general printing product finish work; eighteen months of experience as described above) is required with an Associate’s degree or completion of vocational or technical program in printing. Experience in pre-press graphics, press operation, or mail processing is preferred.

Skills: Diagnostic skills in analyzing bindery machine operations, malfunctions, and the ability to trouble shoot, make repairs or identify malfunctions for repair by qualified service technician. Mechanical ability in the use of small hand tools for making minor repairs or replacing inoperative components.

Effort: Requires visual acuity in order to examine printing products and make adjustments in the quality of the finished product. Must be able to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing 50 – 80 pounds.


1. Assembles and finishes printing products such as newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, handbooks, bound reports, forms, and programs by verifying the specifications on the print request form, and setting up and operating a variety of bindery machines such as paper folders, cutters, staplers, and collators.

2. Achieves the production of a uniform, durable and professional looking product with a minimum of wasted time and material by adjusting machines such as collators, folders, stitchers, trimmers, perforators, scorers, and binders to exacting dimensions.

3. Ensures that printing products are finished by the designated completion date by determining and utilizing the machine or hand assembly and binding methods that are most appropriate based on product format and manpower or equipment availability.

4. Performs preventative maintenance services (cleaning and lubricating) and makes minor repairs and adjustments on bindery machines within demonstrated capability to accomplish and refers all other repairs and services to the Printing Service Foreman for resolution.

5. Develops competent student workers for bindery operations by directing all work activities of student workers in the finishing area, scheduling the order of work to be performed, instructing them in proper methods and safety procedures, and reviewing their work for accuracy and compliance with instructions.

6. Ensures that printing orders are ready for delivery to customers by performing the final quality check of the print request and consolidating and boxing finished orders for delivery to departments.

7. Assists with stores activities by manually unloading and storing paper stocks in the finishing area and by maintaining the inventory of bindery supplies.

8. Performs small press operations and assists by cutting and loading paper into the press and monitoring press operations as the bindery workload allows or as directed.

9. Assists in the graphics area by doing layout or art work such as touching up negatives, stripping line copy, and halftones, as the bindery work load allows.

10. Assist the copier fleet manager with copier meter reads and minor repairs.

11. Reduces the likelihood for on-the-job injuries by maintaining a neat and clean work section and assisting in housekeeping or maintenance of other print shop areas and equipment as needed.

12. Contributes to the overall success of the Printing Service Department by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Bindery Technician is supervised by the Printing Service Foreman (or from the Printing Service Manager when the Foreman is absent) and supervises part-time and delivery staff in the bindery area.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 3 - 550 Points: General mechanical or technical aptitude and specific knowledge and experience in a skill, craft, or trade. The ability to perform standard procedures, operations, and/or operate specific equipment, that is required through at least two years of experience and previous training is required.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 150 Points: Some supervision and training of student and part-time workers may be required where the nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level may also involve directing the work assignments of one or more permanent, full-time employees, but supervision typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day. Characteristic of this level would be employees who direct student workers, or work team leaders who act as working supervisors. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 2 - 50 Points: Specific guidelines and established routines exist, but some judgment in applying guidelines and deviating from standards must be exercised. The number and similarity of guidelines and work situations requires the employee to use judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines, references, and procedures for application and in making minor deviations to adapt guidelines in specific cases. At this level, the employee may also determine which of several alternatives to use. Situations to which the existing guidelines cannot be applied or significant proposed deviations from the guidelines are referred to a supervisor.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 2 - 50 Points: The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchange of information. Contacts at this level might include discussing a work order with individuals in a departmental office to more clearly define the problem, or providing directions or information to students or the general public.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 2 - 40 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as that from moving machinery, occasional work with hazardous substances, or moderate levels of noise. The work may require wearing of protective gear. The work area is generally adequately lighted and ventilated, but may involve uncomfortable temperatures at times.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 3 - 100 Points: Work requires continuous moderate with some strenuous physical exertion including standing, climbing, crawling, and regular lifting of objects over 50 pounds.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 2 - 40 Points: Jobs at this level might require frequent but routine responsibility for facility security, public safety, equipment, or money.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 2 - 250 Points: The work consists of tasks that involve related steps, processes, or methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done involve choices requiring the employee to recognize the differences among a few easily recognizable situations. Decisions at this level are based on knowledge of the procedural requirements of the work coupled with the awareness of the specific functions and assignments of the department.