Pulp and paper operators control various chemical and physical processes used in the manufacture of pulp and paper products from wood and waste paper. The pulp and paper industry uses many different machines and technologies to manufacture products. Plant operators are generally classified according to the process they operate, from initial pulping of woodchip and waste paper through to producing paper products.
Duties & Tasks
Pulp and paper operators may perform the following tasks:operate specialised high-speed machines to manufacture paper according to strict technical standards
operate chemical and/or mechanical pulping plants made up of complex, interrelated process control loops
operate equipment that converts large rolls of paper product into smaller rolls, reams and sheets according to customer requirements
operate equipment that coats or finishes paper products, through perforating, embossing, laminating, printing, bonding and other methods
equipment that folds, wraps or packages paper products
inspect samples of products and laboratory reports, and adjust plant operations to maintain output and product quality standards
compile production records and reports.
Pulp and paper operators generally work in teams and in shifts. Working conditions vary from control room based to field inspections. Work can be physically demanding and may be repetitive.
able to handle multiple tasks
mechanical and numerical aptitude
interested in sustainable solutions
high level of health and safety awareness
able to work as part of a team and under limited supervision
enjoy practical and manual activities.