Cutter Operator


Set up, operate and maintain a machine to cut paper stock preparatory to binding or folding.


  • Review specifications to determine page sequence, type of fold and page or sheet size.
  • Measure from edge of sheet using scale to determine incremental cutting positions from guide.
  • Enter cutting positions in proper order into computer memory.
  • Remove sheets of printed or unprinted paper stackfrom the load and place them on the cutter bed. Jog and align sheets against the cutter guide in preparation for cutting.
  • Activate computer to move sheets into first cut position. Activate double hand switches to begin cutting operation.
  • Examine cut material for any imperfections and adjust computer program as needed.
  • Remove finished or pre-finished material from the cutter bed and stack on pallets for shipment to the customer or next operation.
  • Record job information on load tags and time sheets.
  • Change knives and lubricate as needed as recommended by manufacturers specifications.


  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to read and understand written and verbal instructions, Job Jackets, press imposition and rule-up sheets.
  • Must be mechanically inclined.
  • Must have basic electronic and computer keyboard knowledge.
  • Stand and walk 95% of the time. (Safety shoes required. Company participates in cost.)
  • Extensive lifting and bending actions.
  • Physically capable of lifting to 75lbs. (Back braces provided upon request.)
  • Manufacturing environment with noise exposure to varying levels. (Hearing protection provided.)
  • Ability to direct fellow crew members in the overall operation involved in the job.


  • Reports to the Bindery Supervisor.
  • Supervises Bindery Helpers working on the cutter.
  • Internal contacts include other Operators, Bindery Helpers, Bindery Supervisor, Bindery Superintendent, Press and Prep designees, and Customer Service personnel.
  • No external contacts.

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