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What do paper and wood processing machine operators do?

  • set up printing plates, ink circulation systems, knives, creases, cutting dies, and folding and gluing machines and load machines with paper and fibreboard
  • operate machines to form cardboard containers, paper plates, egg cartons, tissue paper and other paper products
  • secure timber into place and set saws to produce specified sizes of plank and board to be cut
  • raise and lower saws to trim boards and remove defects such as rot and splits
  • control lathes and slicing machines to produce veneers, and laminate veneer using glue
  • check saws and other machines for safety, sharpness and correct functioning, adjust and clean machines and perform minor repairs

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