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9432 – Pulp mill machine operators

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.


Example titles

  • Assistant bleacher operator - pulp and paper
  • Assistant digester operator
  • Cook - pulp and paper
  • Cook's first helper - pulp and paper
  • Digester operator - pulp and paper
  • Field operator - pulp and paper
  • Grinderman/woman - pulp and paper
  • Refiner operator - pulp and paper
  • Repulper operator
  • Screenman/woman - pulp and paper
  • Thermomechanical pulp assistant operator
  • Thermomechanical pulp operator

Main duties

This group performs 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.

Employment requirements

  • 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.

Additional information

  • Progression to pulping control operator is possible with experience.
  • There is limited mobility among jobs within this occupational group.


  • Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing (9614)
  • Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators (9235)
  • Supervisors, forest products processing (9215)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
94 – Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
Minor group
943 – Machine operators and related workers in pulp and paper production and wood processing and manufacturing
Associated Career Handbook profiles
9432.0 – Pulp mill machine operators
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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