Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators (NOC 9235)

About this job

Papermaking and coating control operators:

  • run and monitor multi-function process control machinery and equipment to control the processing of paper, paper pulp and paperboard
  • work for pulp and paper companies
Common job titles
  • control operator - pulping / paper machine
  • control room / panelboard
  • cooking systems
  • paper maker
  • peroxide bleach plant
  • recovery plant
  • control operator - pulping / paper machine
  • control room / panelboard
  • cooking systems
  • cylinder machine
  • paper maker
  • peroxide bleach plant

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$87,449

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Papermaking and coating control operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • operate, coordinate and monitor the operation of papermaking and papercoating process equipment from central control room or from machine consoles and control panels in equipment cabins to make paper from pulp stock, mix chemicals and dyes, and coat paper products
  • control process operations and machinery using a distributed control system and process computers
  • look at panel indicators, gauges, video monitors and other instruments to detect equipment malfunctions and make sure papermaking and coating processes are operating according to process specifications
  • analyze instrument readings and production test samples and make adjustments or direct other papermaking and finishing machine operators to make adjustments to papermaking and coating process and equipment as required
  • complete and maintain production reports

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor setting.
  • Workers may be exposed to chemicals and dyes that may be hazardous to health.
  • The workplace many contain strong or toxic odours.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A college or other program in forest products processing or a related subject may be required for pulping control operators.
  • Completion of several weeks of formal company training and several months of on-the-job training is required.
  • Several years of experience as a pulp mill, papermaking or finishing machine operator 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.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Methodical
  • Object-Oriented
  • Finger Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Forestry Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
60
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
60
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
80
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
280
Average annual employment growth:
-6.9%
Expected number of job openings:
N/A

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is limited movement among jobs within this occupational group.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.