Male Print Finisher lining up a stack of paper in the cutting machine at a printing plant

Print Finisher

Print Finishers bind books and other publications, and finish printed products by hand or machine.

Overview

Print Finishers bind books and other publications, and finish printed products by hand or machine.

Day-to-day

  • sets up and supervises the operation of automatic binding and finishing equipment
  • binds full, half and limp-bound books, and repairs bindings
  • folds, collates and sews signatures by machine and hand
  • operates paper guillotines for pre-press and post-press paper cutting and trimming, and programmes electronically-operated units
  • operates systems to insert printed material into newspapers, magazines and envelopes
  • embellishes printed products automatically and manually.

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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Print Finisher

  • You can work as a Print Finisher 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.

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