Bookbinder (Rapid Trimmer Operator)


Tend paper cutting machine that cuts the edges of unbound books, magazines, and catalogs to a specified size.


  • Positions guide to trimhead (top), foot (bottom), and face (front) edges of the product to the specified size.
  • Ascertain that all safety switches and guards are in place then start machine.
  • Jog books to assure proper alignment and place against guides of infeed. Depress treadle to activate clamp and knife operation.
  • Stack books as they are trimmed.
  • Properly log production on forms provided and fill out load tags. Remove completed loads to staging area for shipment.
  • Lubricate machine per manufacturers requirements and change knives as needed.


  • Stand/walk 95% of the time.
  • Manufacturing environment: exposed to noise of varying levels (hearing protection provided).
  • Must be able to bend, twist and jog signatures, pamphlets, and finished books weighing 12 -15 lbs.
  • Must be able to read and understand Job Jackets and other pertinent instructions. Ability to follow verbal instructions
  • Lead and instruct crew members in the operation.
  • Must have good finger and manual dexterity. Requires extensive bending and twisting movement
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Must have good mechanical ability and understanding.


  • Reports to the Bindery Supervisor.
  • Supervises crew members.
  • Internal contacts include other operators, Bindery Helpers, Bindery Supervisor, Bindery Superintendent, and Customer Service personnel.

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