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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9435 Occupation: Paper converting machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Paper converting machine operators operate various machines which fabricate and assemble paper products such as paper bags, containers, boxes, envelopes and similar articles. They are employed by paper products manufacturing companies. Paper converting machine operators operate various machines which fabricate and assemble paper products such as paper bags, containers, boxes, envelopes and similar articles. They are employed by paper products manufacturing companies.

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

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  • Read short company notes about how orders are to be handled or new procedures for shift changes. (1)
  • Read bulletins from the paper supplier about changes to paper stock to know how the paper will perform. (2)
  • Read safety and lockout procedures. (2)
  • Read extracts from equipment manuals to learn how to set up machinery for making an unusual size or style of envelope. (3)
  • Refer to equipment manuals to troubleshoot and to make major repairs. These manuals include text, charts and diagrams. (3)
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  • Write notes of what tasks need to be done. (1)
  • Complete ISO 9000 documentation to give feedback to the supplier about the cut and finish of the cardboard they are supplying. (1)
  • Enter on invoices the job name and code number and the quantity of the run. (1)
  • Write in a daily log short descriptions of problems encountered during the shift. (1)
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Document Use
  • Look at labels on boxes to confirm you are working on the correct order. (1)
  • Read purchase or work order forms that specify the customer name, the quantity, style and size of product and the expected completion date. (1)
  • Read lists specifying the parts needed for producing particular sizes and shapes of product. (2)
  • Use a parts book to look up what parts to order. (2)
  • Complete forms required as part of ISO 9000 documentation, such as a quality form to report problems with an order. (2)
  • When making a new envelope size, read a size change program sheet that gives step-by-step instructions on how to make settings and adjustments. Also record machinery settings for specific envelopes to provide information for the next time these are produced. (2)
  • Look at a computer screen that shows where there are defects on paper that need to be cut out. The image of the paper is cross-hatched with the defects highlighted. (3)
  • Read tables and diagrams illustrating equipment parts in equipment manuals to perform repairs. (3)
  • Look at a sketch or diagram of an envelope showing dimensions, window position, and the sizes and locations of folds, to know how to set up machinery. (3)
  • Read assembly drawings in parts books with parts labelled. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer applications. For example, operate keyboard controls of certain stations in the manufacturing process. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Direct a helper to cut tubes to specific lengths. Inaccurate communication results in wasted production. (1)
  • Communicate with helpers who are unloading products at the end of the machines while operators are feeding and adjusting the machines, to co-ordinate the pace of feeding, to warn of stops and starts and to exchange feedback about product quality. (1)
  • Discuss mechanical problems with the supervisor and maintenance staff. (2)
  • Exchange information with workers on the previous and following shifts to prevent over or under production and to warn of mechanical or safety problems. (2)
  • Receive information from supervisors or provide instruction to co-workers about how to set up for particular jobs. (2)
  • Discuss orders with salespeople or supervisors to clarify details. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the distances set on machinery to check if they match order specifications. (1)
  • Monitor the machine's counter to know how much of an order has been completed. The counter registers 'one' for every 25 items produced. (1)
  • Find the centre point of a space for positioning the blade on a machine. (1)
  • Calculate how much paper is in a partial roll after measuring its diameter. (2)
  • Calculate what size of gear to use for a particular size of envelope, using an algebraic formula that involves several steps and factors. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Conduct random checks of product dimensions to make sure they meet specifications. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how many boxes to put into each carton to spread them out evenly and avoid products shifting in shipping. (1)
  • Estimate how many rolls of paper will be needed to fill an order, based on the amount of paper per roll and partial roll. (2)
  • Estimate how long it will take to complete priority orders and the feasibility of doing another job in that shift. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Paper converting machine operators who only operate machines have very little planning and organizing responsibility. They produce the orders as given to them by supervisors and perform largely repetitive tasks. (1)
  • Operators/adjusters who also do machine set-up decide on the sequence of jobs considering their urgency and how to maximize efficiency. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether there is enough paper left in the hopper to allow you to go and unload finished sheets without the machine running out of paper and damaging the blades. (1)
  • Constantly decide whether the quality of the product is good enough to continue the run or whether to stop and adjust or reset the machine. (2)
  • Decide on the sequence of jobs, for example to run two jobs that use the same paper back to back in order to save set-up time. (2)
  • Decide when to shut down machines to do repairs. Downtime has an impact on productivity. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Faults have been found in the paper. Choose the right jig for cutting out paper faults depending on the location and size of the fault. (1)
  • Order specifications are wrong (e.g., the machine cannot make a box with those dimensions or the bottom flaps don't meet). Discuss and resolve the problem with the supervisor or front office, who may have to persuade the customer to accept an alternative. (2)
  • Paper is not going through the machine easily or is causing blistering. Try to compensate by making various adjustments such as changing roller pressure, realigning the paper or adding more starch or glue. (2)
  • Defective products have been produced, such as envelopes that have creases or boxes that don't close properly. Analyze possible causes and use trial and error adjustments of the settings to correct the problem, troubleshoot possible mechanical problems, or ask for help from the supervisor and mechanics. (3)
  • You have received a unique order that isn't normally produced by the equipment. Try to adapt the equipment, for example by cutting a part out of the scoring head in order to create a dotted score on a carton. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Ask supervisors for information and instruction about procedures and products. (1)
  • Refer to job orders to check specifications. (1)
  • Call a manufacturer to find a part or ask for advice on how to fix a problem. (2)
  • Refer to procedure and service manuals to solve production and mechanical problems. (2)
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