Pulp mill machine operators (NOC 9432)

About this job

Pulp mill machine operators:

  • run and monitor various types of processing machinery and equipment to produce pulp
  • work in pulp and paper companies
Common job titles
  • acid maker
  • beater / broke beater
  • bleacher
  • blow pit
  • breaker
  • causticizer / lime kiln


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
  • look at equipment and machinery panel indicators, gauges, level indicators and other equipment instruments to detect machinery and equipment malfunctions and make sure process steps are carried out according to specifications
  • speak with pulping control operator to make process adjustments and start up or shut down machinery and equipment as needed
  • collect processing samples and conduct titration tests, pH readings, specific density tests and other routine tests on pulp and solutions
  • maintain and complete production reports

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Exposures to steam or to intensely hot surfaces are potential sources of injury.
  • The workplace may contain strong or toxic odours.
  • Noise in the workplace may cause distraction or hearing loss.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is limited movement among jobs in this occupational group.

Progression to pulping control operator is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.