A wood processing machine operator feeds a log into a machine to make timber boards

Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operator

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.

Overview

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.

Day-to-day

  • setting up printing plates, ink circulation systems, knives, creases, cutting dies, and folding and gluing machines
  • loading machines with paper and fibreboard
  • operating machines to form cardboard containers, paper plates, egg cartons, tissue paper and other paper products
  • adjusting and cleaning machines and performing minor repairs
  • securing timber into place and setting saws to produce specified sizes of plank and board to be cut
  • starting machines and feeding stock onto cutting saw, and operating automatic feed mechanisms
  • raising and lowering saws to trim boards and remove defects such as rot and splits
  • controlling lathes and slicing machines to produce veneers, and laminating veneer using glue
  • verifying dimensions of cut stock and accuracy of cuts
  • checking saws and other machines for safety, sharpness and correct functioning.

Considerations

  • physically demanding.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,312 / week
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operator

  • You can work as a Paper or Wood Processing Machine Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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