National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.3


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9432 - Pulp mill machine operators

Pulp mill machine operators operate and monitor various types of processing machinery and equipment to produce pulp. They are employed by pulp and paper companies.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • assistant bleacher operator - pulp and paper
    • assistant digester operator
    • cook - pulp and paper
    • cook's first helper - pulp and paper
    • digester operator - pulp and paper
    • field operator - pulp and paper
    • grinderman/woman - pulp and paper
    • refiner operator - pulp and paper
    • repulper operator
    • screenman/woman - pulp and paper
    • thermomechanical pulp assistant operator
    • thermomechanical pulp operator

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  • Exclusion(s)

    • Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing (See 9614 Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing)
    • Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators (See 9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators)
    • Supervisors, forest products processing (See 9215 Supervisors, forest products processing)
  • Main duties

    This group performs 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
    • Observe equipment and machinery panel indicators, gauges, level indicators and other equipment instruments to detect machinery and equipment malfunctions and ensure process steps are carried out according to specifications
    • Communicate with pulping control operator to make process adjustments and start up or shut down machinery and equipment as required
    • Collect processing samples and conduct titration tests, pH readings, specific density tests and other routine tests on pulp and solutions
    • Complete and maintain production reports.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is required.
    • A college diploma in forest products processing or a related subject may be required.
    • Completion of several weeks of formal company training and several months of on-the-job training is required.
    • Previous experience as a pulp mill labourer within the same company is usually required.
    • A certificate in industrial first aid may be required.
  • Additional information

    • There is limited mobility among jobs within this occupational group.
    • Progression to pulping control operator is possible with experience.
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