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9433 – Papermaking and finishing machine operators

Papermaking and finishing machine operators operate process machinery and equipment and assist papermaking and coating control operators to produce, coat and finish paper. They are employed by pulp and paper companies.


Example titles

  • Assistant coating operator - pulp and paper
  • Balerman/woman - pulp and paper
  • Calender operator - pulp and paper
  • Embossing calender operator - pulp and paper
  • Fourth hand - pulp and paper
  • Graderman/woman - pulp and paper
  • Paper machine operator
  • Paper-coating machine operator
  • Sheeter operator - pulp and paper
  • Winderman/woman - pulp and paper

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate and monitor various papermaking and finishing process machinery and equipment to dry, calender, laminate, coat, slit, trim, wind or carry out other papermaking and finishing process steps
  • Mount, position and thread paper rolls using a hoist
  • Control process machinery using a distributed control system and process computers
  • 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 and assist papermaking and coating control operators to make process adjustments and to start up or shut down process machines as required
  • Inspect paper visually for wrinkles, holes, discolouration, streaks or other defects and take corrective action
  • Complete and maintain production reports.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of several weeks of formal company training and several months of on-the-job training is required.
  • Previous experience as a labourer within the same company is usually required.
  • A certificate in industrial first aid may be required.
  • A competency certificate in natural gas may be required.

Additional information

  • Progression to papermaking and coating control operator occupations is possible with experience.
  • There is limited mobility among jobs within this occupational group.


  • Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing (9614)
  • Machine operators engaged in fabricating and assembling paper products (in 9435 Paper converting machine operators)
  • 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
9433.0 – Papermaking and finishing machine operators
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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