National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.1
- 9 - Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
- 94 - Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
- 943 - Machine operators and related workers in pulp and paper production and wood processing and manufacturing
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.
- 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
- 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)
Pulp mill machine operators perform 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.
- 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.
- There is limited mobility among jobs within this occupational group.
- Progression to pulping control operator is possible with experience.