Supervisors, forest products processing (NOC 9215)

About this job

Supervisors in this group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers in the following groups:

These workers are employed by:

  • pulp and paper companies
  • paper converting companies
  • sawmills and planing mills
  • wood treatment plants
  • waferboard plants and other wood processing companies
Common job titles
  • foreperson, forest products
  • foreperson, lumber grading
  • foreperson, paper products manufacturing
  • foreperson, papermaking and finishing
  • foreperson, pulp and paper mill
  • foreperson, sawmill


Supervisors in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers who operate pulp and paper mills, paper converting mills, sawmills, planing mills, plywood, waferboard and other wood and paper products mills
  • make sure that systems and equipment are operating efficiently and that proper maintenance and repairs are done
  • set up methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments
  • solve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality
  • order materials and supplies
  • train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policy
  • recommend staffing actions such as hiring and promotions
  • manage the collective agreement
  • prepare production and other reports
  • monitor safety conditions
  • may set up machines and equipment

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a controlled indoor setting.
  • The workplace may be noisy enough to affect hearing.
  • The workplace may contain strong or toxic odours.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.

Movement is possible between positions employing similar technology or producing similar products.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.