Pulp mill machine operators (NOC 9432)

Job titles

  • acid maker - pulp and paper
  • assistant bleacher operator - pulp and paper
  • assistant digester operator
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Nature of work

Pulp mill machine operators operate and monitor various types of processing machinery and equipment to produce pulp. They are employed by pulp and paper companies.

Fields of interest

  • Developing and working with natural resources
  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Pulp mill machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Operate and monitor screening equipment, bleaching equipment, digesters, mixing tanks, washers, and other pulp processing machinery and equipment to carry out one or more cellulose processing steps
  • - Observe equipment and machinery panel indicators, gauges, level indicators and other equipment instruments to detect machinery and equipment malfunctions and ensure process steps are carried out according to specifications
  • - Communicate with pulping control operator to make process adjustments and start up or shut down machinery and equipment as required
  • - Collect processing samples and conduct titration tests, pH readings, specific density tests and other routine tests on pulp and solutions
  • - Complete and maintain production reports.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Not available for this occupation.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is required.
  • * A college diploma in forest products processing or a related subject may be required.
  • * Completion of several weeks of formal company training and several months of on-the-job training is required.
  • * Previous experience as a pulp mill labourer within the same company is usually required.
  • * A certificate in industrial first aid may be required.

Skill type

  • Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * There is limited mobility among jobs within this occupational group.
  • * Progression to pulping control operator is possible with experience.

Professional associations

  • Ordre des technologues professionnels du Québec (OTPQ)
  • 606, rue Cathcart, suite 505
  • Montréal, QC
  • H3B1K9
  • Toll free: 1-800-561-3459
  • Phone: 514-845-3247
  • Fax: 514-845-3643
  • Email: info@otpq.qc.ca