Worker working on a perfect binding machine which paste the back of just been printed books.

Binder, Finisher and Screen Printer

Print Finishers and Screen Printers bind books and other publications, finish printed products by hand and machine, prepare stencils, and set up and operate power-driven and hand-operated screen print equipment.

Overview

Print Finishers and Screen Printers bind books and other publications, finish printed products by hand and machine, prepare stencils, and set up and operate power-driven and hand-operated screen print equipment.

Day-to-day

  • setting up and supervising the operation of automatic binding and finishing equipment
  • binding full, half and limp-bound books, and repairing bindings
  • folding, collating and sewing signatures by machine and hand
  • operating paper guillotines for pre-press and post-press paper cutting and trimming, and programming electronically operated units
  • operating systems to insert printed material into newspapers, magazines and envelopes
  • embellishing printed products automatically and manually
  • operating photographic and electronic reproduction devices
  • preparing stencils using computer and hand-cut methods
  • selecting, mixing and matching coloured inks and loading into screen printing presses
  • loading printed items into drying racks, and unloading and stacking dry items.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,020 / week
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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Binder, Finisher and Screen Printer

  • You can work as a Binder, Finisher or Screen Printer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III or IV in print manufacturing or printing and graphic arts is usually required. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

    Take a Certificate III in Printing

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