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.
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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.
- Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing
- Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
- Supervisors, forest products processing
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