Papermaking and finishing machine operators (NOC 9433)

About this job

Papermaking and finishing machine operators:

  • run process machinery and equipment
  • help papermaking and coating control operators to produce, coat and finish paper
  • work for pulp and paper companies
Common job titles
  • back tender, paper machine
  • baling press
  • calender
  • combiner machine
  • core cutter and reamer
  • crimping head


Papermaking and finishing machine operators:

  • run 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
  • watch 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 and help papermaking and coating control operators to make process adjustments and to start up or shut down process machines as needed
  • inspect paper for wrinkles, holes, discolouration, streaks or other defects and correct any problems
  • 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.
  • The workplace may contain strong or toxic odours.
  • Noise in the workplace may cause distraction or hearing loss.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

A certificate in industrial first aid may be required.

Progression to papermaking and coating control operator occupations is possible with experience.

There is limited movement among jobs in this occupational group.

A competency certificate in natural gas may be required.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.