Papermaking and Finishing Machine Operators

(NOC 9433)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Papermaking and finishing machine operators use process machinery and equipment and help papermaking and coating control operators to produce, coat and finish paper. They work for pulp and paper companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Papermaking and Finishing Machine Operators most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 79% of Papermaking and Finishing Machine Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $54,402. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$54,274

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Papermaking and finishing machine operators use process machinery and equipment and help papermaking and coating control operators to produce, coat and finish paper. They work for pulp and paper companies.

Job duties

Papermaking and finishing machine operators:

  • Use and monitor papermaking and finishing process machinery and equipment.
  • Mount, position and thread paper rolls using a hoist.
  • Control process machinery using a control system and process computers.
  • Watch equipment and machinery, panel indicators, gauges, level indicators and other devices to identify machinery and equipment failures and make sure process steps are carried out.
  • Communicate with and help papermaking and coating control operators to make process changes and to start up or shut down process machines as needed.
  • Inspect paper visually for defects and take corrective action.
  • Complete and maintain production reports.

Sample job titles

  • assistant coating operator
  • balerman/woman
  • calender operator
  • embossing calender operator
  • fourth hand
  • graderman/woman
  • paper machine operator
  • paper-coating machine operator
  • sheeter operator
  • winderman/woman

Skills

You should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and mechanical ability are important. You must be able to follow directions and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • High school is needed.
  • Several weeks of formal company training and several months of on-the-job training is necessary.
  • Experience as a labourer within the same company is usually needed.
  • A certificate in industrial first aid may be necessary.
  • A competency certificate in natural gas may be necessary.

Other considerations

These are largely rural jobs, and self-employment is not common. There is limited movement among jobs within this group. Advancement to papermaking and coating control operator occupations is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

65

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

14.3%
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85.7%
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45.2

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

28.6%

North Shore

28.6%

Halifax

21.4%

Annapolis Valley

21.4%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

84.6%

Manufacturing

15.4%

Information and cultural industries

What is the age of Employment?

38.0%

35-44

31.0%

45-54

15.0%

55-64

15.0%

25-34

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

61.5%

High school

$52,616 median annual income
30.8%

Apprenticeship

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Apprenticeship

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Occupational Health and Safety Division
Halifax, NS
Forest Products Association of Canada
Ottawa, ON

Additional resources

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