National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0


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94121 - Pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators

Pulp mill and papermaking and finishing machine operators operate and monitor various types of processing machinery and equipment to produce pulp and assist papermaking and coating control operators to produce, coat and finish paper. They are employed by pulp and paper companies.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • assistant bleacher operator - pulp and paper
    • assistant coating operator - pulp and paper
    • calender operator - pulp and paper
    • cook - pulp and paper
    • digester operator - pulp and paper
    • embossing calender operator - pulp and paper
    • fourth hand - pulp and paper
    • graderman/woman - pulp and paper
    • grinderman/woman - pulp and paper
    • paper machine operator
    • paper-coating machine operator
    • refiner operator - pulp and paper
    • sheeter operator - pulp and paper
    • thermomechanical pulp assistant operator
    • thermomechanical pulp operator
    • winder operator - pulp and paper
    • winderman/woman - pulp and paper

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing (See 95103 Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing)
    • Paper converting machine operators (See 94122 Paper converting machine operators)
    • Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators (See 93102 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators)
    • Supervisors, forest products processing (See 92014 Supervisors, forest products processing)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate and monitor paper mill, papermaking and finishing process machinery and equipment such as screening equipment, bleaching equipment, digesters, mixing tanks, and washers to carry out one or more cellulose processing steps and equipment such as dryers, laminators, cutters, coaters, calenders and hoists to carry out one or more papermaking and finishing process 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, papermaking and coating control operators 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
    • Inspect paper visually for wrinkles, holes, discolouration, streaks or other defects and take corrective action
    • 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/or on-the-job training is required.
    • Previous experience as a labourer within the same company is usually required.
    • A certificate in industrial first aid may be required.
    • A competency certificate in natural gas may be required.
  • Additional information

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