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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9433 Occupation: Papermaking and finishing machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Papermaking and finishing machine operators operate process machinery and equipment and assist papermaking and coating control operators to produce, coat and finish paper. They are employed by pulp and paper companies. Papermaking and finishing machine operators operate process machinery and equipment and assist papermaking and coating control operators to produce, coat and finish paper. They are employed by pulp and paper companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read activity logs which record problems of the last shift. (1)
  • Read company newsletters and bulletins. (2)
  • Read memos concerning production procedures and safety. (2)
  • Read union information sheets. (2)
  • Read production schedules. (2)
  • Read lockout procedures established by the company. (2)
  • Read operator manuals for calender and dryer equipment. (3)
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  • Correct computerized labels showing production lots, destinations and packing directions. (1)
  • Write machine readings and other notations in a production logbook. (1)
  • Record equipment problems in a maintenance logbook. (1)
  • Enter data from the production program into the computerized production monitor system. (1)
  • Fill in production non-conformance forms to record problems such as diverted rolls, mechanical faults and lost time. Sometimes comments are more than a paragraph long. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read daily production sheets which indicate the type of paper to be produced and its destination. (1)
  • Read tags on numerous pumps, valves and electrical switches. (1)
  • Read graphs on the computer screen which provide information on moisture content, rate of evaporation and steam temperature. (2)
  • Read the troubleshooting chart next to the machine which explains how to identify specific production problems. (2)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (2)
  • Read tables explaining the criteria for paper drying performance. (2)
  • Read specification lists for each job. (2)
  • Refer to illustrations of paper faults to identify and carry out repairs. (2)
  • Record production information in winder log forms. (2)
  • Read computerized data on the height and weight of paper bales in order to reprogram machines if the height and weight deviate from the norm. (2)
  • Read work orders which indicate the sizes of cores to load. (2)
  • Read control screens which show conformance or non-conformance to quality norms in a colour-coded display. (3)
  • Read a density monitor in a line graph that plots density, roll diameter and paper speed. (3)
  • Complete winder log charts that record data about every reel and set of paper. (3)
  • Read assembly and schematic drawings in manuals to solve equipment problems. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer applications. For example, enter codes into computerized process control machinery. (1)
  • Use a database. For example, locate customer information on an ISO database. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Receive directions from supervisors, such as the assignment and reassignment of tasks. (1)
  • Discuss problems, such as poor paper quality or machine malfunctions, with foremen. (2)
  • Give instructions to labourers about cleanup procedures. (2)
  • Exchange information on production volume, quality and schedules with other operators. (2)
  • Explain mechanical and production problems to millwrights and electricians. (2)
  • Discuss product quality with the stock person who supplies the paper for the reels. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule production adjustments by monitoring computer printouts of paper rolls produced and culled. Calculate the number of additional parent reels that will be needed to produce the number of rolls ordered. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure and set the slitters on the winder to cut paper rolls of specified widths from a parent reel. (1)
  • Measure the diameter of rolls to ensure that customer requirements are met. (1)
  • Read various gauges and level indicators to ensure they fall within specifications. (1)
  • Measure to determine which collar to put on the winder shaft after the cores have been loaded. The collar is used to fill the leftover space on the winder shaft and stop the core from moving out of position. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare the specifications for a product with those of a sample sheet to verify if production is meeting quality standards and the expectations of customers. (1)
  • Read computer data after an alarm sounds to ascertain which of three variables triggered the alarm - paper composition, errors in machine settings or operator judgment. (2)
  • Monitor data about paper faults, such as the size, type, location and number of rolls diverted or rejected over time in order to know how to adjust calculations and settings. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the quantity of paper that should go into the baler press. (1)
  • Estimate how many more sets of large reels of paper are needed to produce the remaining number of rolls required. (2)
  • Estimate the number of hours it will take to complete rolls of one grade before switching to another grade. The estimate is based on a number of factors such as the average rate of production for reels and sets of rolls, the quality of the present process and judgment as to whether culls or other problems are likely to occur. Failure to estimate accurately can affect the timing of other operations and lead to lost production. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Papermaking and finishing machine operators carry out repetitive tasks under the supervision of a foreman or lead hand. Little planning is needed when machines are running well. When machines are malfunctioning, however, work must be reorganized to ensure that production does not stop during repairs. They take into account the number of jobs waiting and the shipping deadlines when reprioritizing tasks. Co-ordination with other workers along the line is essential since most operators' jobs are part of a larger process which involves a production team. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide how many cores to get ready to meet production goals. (1)
  • Decide when to call in millwrights or electricians to do repairs, taking into account the consequences of downtime during repairs. (2)
  • Decide whether to continue with a specific job when there is a high incidence of breakage or switch production temporarily to another job. (2)
  • Decide whether to reject a roll of paper with perforations, streaks or stains. (2)
  • Decide when adjustments must be made to machines to keep jobs within specifications and to deal with faults and rejected rolls. Make quick decisions on adjustments to tension, speed and pressure since paper is moving thousands of feet per minute. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • There are holes and defects in the paper. Make adjustments in machine settings to bypass the holes and defects or cull sections of the paper. (1)
  • Paper is tearing or creasing. Alter humidity levels, jet water pressure and proximity of dryers to stabilize the situation. (1)
  • The paper is not balanced correctly on the roller and slips off. Make an emergency stop to adjust the paper or the roller. (2)
  • Edges are rough and jagged. Quickly diagnose the cause, which could be dull slitter blades, incorrect speed or a quality problem in the parent reel and take appropriate action. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to specification sheets to guide possible adjustments for various grades of paper. (1)
  • Call up customer information and codes on a computer database. (1)
  • Consult co-workers and foremen about production and quality. (2)
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