Print Finisher

Career information

What do they do?

Print finishers use a range of hand and machine skills to put the finishing touches on a printed product including gluing, stapling, folding, embossing and gold foiling. They can also assist with troubleshooting, production planning and estimating.

A typical day

Typically, an eight-hour day.

Print finishers prepare job components and equipment to complete print finishing, machine bookbinding or hand bookbinding and maintain quality control throughout production.

Sound like you?

Study areas
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Creative Arts (Visual/Textiles/ Graphics/Performance/Music)
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management.
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Confidence with IT, computers, technology
  • Good initiative/‘can do’ attitude.
Helpful experience
  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers.
Preferred work environments
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day



These can be useful from School:

  • NCEA English, Maths, Visual Arts, Technology, Computing or Graphics
  • Printing Production (Digital Processes, Screen, Sheet Fed, Reel Fed, Pad Printing, Binding and Finishing)
Entry level jobs

Traineeship or apprenticeship

  • Print Finisher
  • Bindery Operator
  • Guillotine Operator
  • Folder Operator
  • Gluer Operator
  • Collator
Advancing jobs

Higher learning

  • Team Leader
  • Production Planner
Senior jobs

Higher learning

  • Business Manager
  • Operations Manager

The logistics sector needs skilled people

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