Friesens Corporation - Bindery Small Equipment Machine Operator

Job Number:
Business Name:
Friesens Corporation
Business Description:
Friesens Corporation is in the business of book manufacturing and specialty packaging.
Job Street Location:
1 Printers Way and 511 Industrial Drive
Community Location:
Business Years in Operation:
Amount of Capital Investment:
Workplace Mentor Provided:
Job Hours:
72 Hours Biweekly
Skill Type/Level:
NOC C - Semi-skilled occupations (usually require secondary school or vocational training)
Job Type:
Full Time Permanent
Close Date:
Industry Area:
Salary Range:
Depends upon qualifications

Position Title: Bindery Small Equipment Machine Operator

NOC: 9473

Job Requirements:

  • High School diploma, GED or equivalent;
  • Experience as a machine operator specifically relating to book binding;
  • Able to effectively communicate in English both verbally and in writing;
  • Mechanical inclination;
  • Above average mathematical aptitude;
  • Strong attention to detail and precision;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Proven organization and problem-solving capabilities;
  • Ability to work independently in a busy environment;
  • Able to work as a functioning member of a team;
  • Able to work well under pressure, able to work well under tight deadlines;
  • Highly flexible, with solid interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively in a diverse working environment;
  • Able to deal with people diplomatically and professionally at all times;
  • Highly punctual;
  • Basic computer skills;
  • Ability and willingness to work 12-hour shifts;
  • Ability and willingness to work overtime as required;
  • Experience with routine machine maintenance preferred;
  • Continuous improvement mindset.

Position Summary:

The Small Equipment Operator performs production support job tasks and is responsible to operate a number of small machines involved with the production and binding of customer product. He/she is responsible to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the equipment to produce a high-quality product  to the prescribed quantity. Other responsibilities include making equipment adjustments as needed, troubleshooting basic machine performance and calling for additional maintenance resources as required.

Although the Small Equipment Operator may primarily operate one piece of equipment, he/she is expected to cross train and operate a minimum of two additional pieces of small equipment. Included in the definition of small equipment are:


  • Spiel Punch;
  • Mueller Martini Dustjacketer;
  • Lawson 3 Hole Drill/ Round Corner;
  • Lhermite Punch;
  • Robot;
  • Hickok Round Corner Machine;
  • Auto Box Closer;
  • Bookline Stacker;
  • Stand Alone 3-Knife Trimmer;
  • Colmatic;
  • Moffet Side Sewer;
  • Manual Sewing Machine;
  • Backgluer Feeder;
  • Wiro Machine;
  • Brackett Stripper;
  • Rosback;
  • Single Head Stitcher;
  • Dummy book making;
  • Perfect Binder Collator;
  • Multiplex Collator;
  • Small Format Folder;
  • Stand Alone Collator
  • Spiral Coil Master
  • Delta Laminator;
  • Tail Slitter
  • Personalizer;
  • Cordoba


  • Board Slitter

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work and communicate effectively with the Manager, Shift Managers and co-workers;
  • Handle production assignments as directed by the Shift Manager with attention to quality and productivity:
  • Understand the job requirements from information on the docket and related information and as communicated by the Shift Manager;
  • Identify job components;
  • Set up machine to be used to requirements for the job;
  • Run samples checking for necessary adjustments;
  • Run job handling components appropriately.
  • Assist in performing maintenance as directed by Shift Manager or another small equipment operator;
  • Perform Production Support duties as assigned including but not limited to:
  • Assisting at the Encaser Operator:
      • Feeding book-blocks into the machine and ensuring book blocks enter the machine in correct orientation;
      • Checker: removing individual books from the conveyor, giving them a general inspection checking for imperfections and assisting with the removal of books from the conveyor if the machine runs into difficulty;
      • Stacker: Removing finished cartons from conveyor, arranging cartons on a skid and applying address labels to individual cartons.
  • Assisting at the Perfect Binder, Multiplex and Saddle Stitch Operators:
      • Ensure page numbers of signatures match and fill pockets with signatures as required;
      • Stacking book-blocks neatly onto skids or into boxes as required.
  • Assisting the Shrink Wrapper Operator:
      • Feeding product into Shrink Wrapper;
      • Stacking product, checking carefully for proper shrinking of plastic material, tears or brakes in wrap;
      • Placing, labeling and stacking cartons on skids.
  • Working in Specialty including:
    • -       Cerluxing;              -     Wiro binding;               -     Spiral binding;

-     Tipping pages;       -     Hand collating;            -     Other handwork as assigned.

  • Move book components as needed with floor jacks and other devices (i.e., electronic jacks).
  • Practice Friesens safety procedures at all times;
  • Assist with Bindery Department maintenance and housekeeping;
  • Practice Friesens safety procedures for equipment and plant situations.

If you have not yet taken your language testing (IELTS or CELPIP) or the results of your language testing are more than two years old, you may still be considered for this position.  However, your language test must be booked at the time of creating a SEED profile. If you have booked your language test and it is scheduled within the next 2 months you may answer “yes” to the language testing question on the SEED ATS. (Evidence of language testing appointment required as part of your SEED profile.)

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