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Paper and wood processing machine operators

Paper and wood processing machine operators operate machines to manufacture paper packaging and other paper products, fibreboard stock, logs, plywood, particle board, solid laminate and similar timber products.

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

Very low

projected job openings

$52-$65k

qualified full-time wage

91%

employed full-time

Ways to get started

Ways to get started