Papermaking and finishing machine operators (NOC 9433)

Job titles

  • assistant coating operator - pulp and paper
  • back tender, paper machine
  • baling press tender - pulp and paper
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Nature of work

Papermaking and finishing machine operators operate process machinery and equipment and assist papermaking and coating control operators to produce, coat and finish paper. They are employed by pulp and paper companies.

Fields of interest

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

Main duties

  • Papermaking and finishing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Operate and monitor various papermaking and finishing process machinery and equipment to dry, calender, laminate, coat, slit, trim, wind or carry out other papermaking and finishing process steps
  • - Mount, position and thread paper rolls using a hoist
  • - Control process machinery using a distributed control system and process computers
  • - 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 and assist papermaking and coating control operators to make process adjustments and to start up or shut down process machines as required
  • - Inspect paper visually for wrinkles, holes, discolouration, streaks or other defects and take corrective action
  • - Complete and maintain production reports.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Not available for this occupation.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is required.
  • * Completion of several weeks of formal company training and several months of on-the-job training is required.
  • * Previous experience as a labourer within the same company is usually required.
  • * A certificate in industrial first aid may be required.
  • * A competency certificate in natural gas 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 papermaking and coating control operator occupations is possible with experience.

Professional associations

  • Ordre des technologues professionnels du Québec (OTPQ)
  • 606, rue Cathcart, suite 505
  • Montréal, QC
  • H3B1K9
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  • Phone: 514-845-3247
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