Paper and Pulp Mill Worker

Paper and Pulp Mill Workers perform routine tasks in paper and pulp mills, such as placing logs onto conveyors for chipping, and loading woodchip and pulp for processing.

Overview

Paper and Pulp Mill Workers perform routine tasks in paper and pulp mills, such as placing logs onto conveyors for chipping, and loading woodchip and pulp for processing.

Day-to-day

  • loads 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 removal of the cooked pulp
  • takes samples of bleached material for testing
  • washes bleached material and blends to obtain uniform quality
  • may be required to add chemicals during the bleaching process and make 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 supercalendar 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.

Considerations

  • physically demanding.

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To become a Paper and Pulp Mill Worker

  • You can work as a Paper and Pulp Mill Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in pulping or papermaking operations might be helpful.

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