Unit Group

9215 Supervisors, forest products processing

Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers in the following groups: Pulping, Papermaking and Coating Control Operators (9235), Machine Operators and Related Workers in Pulp and Paper Production and Wood Processing and Manufacturing (943) and Labourers in Wood, Pulp and Paper Processing (9614). They are employed by pulp and paper companies, paper converting companies, sawmills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing companies.

Example Titles

coating room foreman/woman – pulp and paper
foreman/woman, lumber grading – wood processing
foreman/woman, plywood making
foreman/woman, shingle mill
foreman/woman, waferboard
foreman/woman, wood treating plant
paper machine foreman/woman
paper mill foreman/woman
pulp mill foreman/woman
sawmill foreman/woman
shift operating supervisor – pulp and paper
supervisor, paper converting
tour foreman/woman – pulp and paper

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Main duties

Supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who operate pulp and paper mills, paper converting mills, sawmills, planing mills, plywood, waferboard and other wood and paper products mills
  • Ensure that systems and equipment are operating efficiently and that proper maintenance and repairs are performed
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality
  • Requisition materials and supplies
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions and administer the collective agreement
  • Prepare production and other reports
  • Monitor safety conditions
  • May set up machines and equipment.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A college diploma in pulp and paper technology or a related discipline may be required for some pulp and paper supervisor positions.
  • Several years of some combination of formal and on-the-job training are provided.
  • Several years of experience in the most senior occupation supervised are often required.
  • Certificates, such as lumber grading and industrial first aid, and a competency certificate in natural gas may be required.

Additional information

  • Mobility is possible between positions employing similar technology or producing similar products.
  • Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.

Classified elsewhere

  • Manufacturing managers (0911)

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