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
  • cylinder machine
  • paper maker
  • peroxide bleach plant


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.

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.