Paper and Pulp Mill Operator

Paper and Pulp Mill Operators operate plants to produce paper pulp from woodchips and to make paper sheets.

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    Overview

    Paper and Pulp Mill Operators operate plants to produce paper pulp from woodchips and to make paper sheets.

    Day-to-day

    • loads the digester with raw materials and chemicals
    • regulates and adjusts the temperature and pressure within the digester
    • tests samples by titration or standard colour test to determine completion of process
    • drains liquid from digester and monitors the removal of the cooked pulp
    • takes samples of bleached material for laboratory testing
    • washes bleached material and blends to obtain uniform quality
    • may be required to add chemicals during the bleaching process and complete chemical or electrolytic tests
    • undertakes the addition of size, fillers, dyes, alum and chemicals, and tests for correct consistency
    • ensures transfer of completed batch to storage tanks where it is kept under agitation to maintain consistency
    • may mix and cook colouring matter for dyeing product in the machine
    • controls flow of wet pulp through rotary screens to paper making machines
    • operates drier and calendar rollers
    • operates super-calendar to impart gloss and finish to surface of paper
    • operates machine to glaze or impregnate paper with coating mixture
    • separates sheets from felts and lays sheets in packs, re-presses packs
    • separates sheets from pack and dries.

    To become a Paper and Pulp Mill Operator

    • You can work as a Paper and Pulp Mill Operator without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in pulping operations and papermaking operations may be useful.