How to become a Printing Hand

Printing hands operate basic binding machines, perform manual binding and finishing of books and printed products and carry out routine print-related tasks.

Personal requirements of a Printing Hand

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • able to carry out detailed work
  • aptitude for mechanical work
  • aptitude for working with computers.

Duties & Tasks of a Printing Hand

Printing hands: • fold, arrange and fasten printed products by hand or with the aid of machines • perform manual binding and finishing operations • carry out quality control checks • operate specialised machines such as mini binders and automatic carton-folding machines • assist with setting up folding machines and check folded articles • assist with the operation and adjustment of machines • assist with the setting up and monitoring of the operation of automated binding lines • carry out minor repairs and routine maintenance • clear waste and clean work areas and machines • handle and transport materials around the work areas.

Working conditions for a Printing Hand

Printing hands work with single and multi-colour printing presses. They can be employed in small or large firms.

Future growth:


Employment by state:


NSW NSW 24.4%

NT NT 0%

QLD QLD 16.6%

SA SA 1.5%

TAS TAS 0.7%

VIC VIC 48.8%

WA WA 7.9%

Hours worked:



Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 75.9%

Female 24.1%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 13.7%

20-24 - 0%

25-34 - 23.4%

35-44 - 25.2%

45-54 - 19.7%

55-59 - 0%

60-64 - 10.5%

65 and Over - 7.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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