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Pulp Mill Machine Operators

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NOC:9432,9433,9435
Occupation:Machine Operators and Related Workers in Pulp and Paper Production
Category:Manufacturing and Utilities

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes many machine-related jobs that require some skill and are generally performed inside a building. These workers assist with repairs and maintenance of machinery; feed conveyors and other equipment; handle materials; monitor machine operations; and clean work areas.

Pulp mill machine operators operate and monitor processing machinery and equipment to produce pulp. Papermaking and finishing machine operators operate process machinery and equipment and assist papermaking and coating control operators to produce, coat, and finish paper. Paper converting machine operators operate various machines which fabricate and assemble paper products such as paper bags, containers, boxes, envelopes and similar articles. They are employed by pulp and paper companies and paper products manufacturing companies.

Job 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.
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, calendar, 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.
Paper converting machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate machines which cut, fold, glue or clip paper and cardboard to make boxes, corrugated cartons and other articles.
  • Operate machines which glue paper to cardboard and cut it into required lengths.
  • Operate machines which press paper to form drinking cups and other containers.
  • Operate machines which cut, glue and fold paper to make envelopes or paper bags.
  • Operate other paper converting machines to form products such as paper tubes, cards, paper towels or diapers.
  • Clean and lubricate machine and perform other routine machine maintenance.
  • Set up machines.
Sample job titles:
  • baler - pulp and paper
  • box cutter - paper converting
  • box maker - paper converting
  • combiner machine operator - paper mill
  • grader - pulp and paper
  • paper bag machine operator
  • paper machine operator
  • paper products inspector
  • pulp maker
  • pulp mill machine operator
  • sheet paper inspector
Skills:

To work in these jobs, you should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and a mechanical aptitude are important. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A college diploma may be required.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.
  • Formal company training may be required.
  • A certificate in industrial first aid may be required.
  • A competency certificate in natural gas may be required.
Other considerations:

These are largely rural jobs, and self-employment is not common. Previous experience as a labourer within the same company is usually required as an entry point to this group of jobs. There is limited mobility among some jobs within this group. Progression to control operator positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline significantly over the next few years, which will limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Machine Operators and Related Workers in Pulp and Paper Production most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 74% of Machine Operators and Related Workers in Pulp and Paper Production who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $59,730. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Pulp Mill Machine Operators185Decline sharply25x
Minimum: $19.00
Median: $25.00
Maximum: $33.24
Minimum: $2,859
Median: $54,297
Maximum: $84,738
All NS Occupations427,305Weak growth33,315Moderate
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $19.89
Maximum: $40.00
Minimum: $2,872
Median: $29,983
Maximum: $83,126
Pulp Mill Machine OperatorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
Percent employed full-time92%78%
Percent self-employed1%10%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentPulp Mill Machine OperatorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southernxx12%$30,581
Northern28%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton15%x13%$32,974
Halifax33%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley21%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgePulp Mill Machine OperatorsCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/A3%
25-3422%5%
35-4422%21%
45-5422%42%
55-6444%29%
65+N/A3%
Median Agex45
GenderPulp Mill Machine OperatorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% Employed% Employed
Female15%49%
Male85%51%
EducationPulp Mill Machine OperatorsCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school19.0%$31,76422.9%$21,011
High school45.6%$38,10138.1%$28,358
Trades certificate13.9%$43,26012.4%$37,356
College certificate or diploma15.2%$40,91020.3%$36,968
University certificate or diplomaxx1.1%$35,915
Bachelor's degree5.1%x4.4%$36,852
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx0.3%$55,581
Master's degreexx0.5%x
DoctoratexxN/A$25,380
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%N/A
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
UNIFOR
63 Otter Lake Court, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3S 1M1
Tel: (902) 455-9327
halifax@unifor.org
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Occupational Health and Safety Division
PO Box 697, 5151 Terminal Road
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
Tel: (902) 424-5300
ohsdivision@novascotia.ca
Forest Products Association of Canada
99 Bank Street, Suite 410
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9
Tel: (613) 563-1441
Fax: (613) 563-4720
ottawa@fpac.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Forest technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to assist foresters in the management and production of forest resources. These programs include courses in woods and field skills, tree identification, timber measurement, logging and timber harvesting, forest propagation and regeneration, forest firefighting, resource management, equipment operation and maintenance, record-keeping, sales and purchasing operations, and personnel supervision.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Additional resources:

There are no additional resources for this occupation.