1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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7124-13 Paper Mill Operator

Operates wet end paper machines to make paper or sheet pulp from pulp stock and to process paper.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate II or higher qualification or at least 1 years relevant experience.

Tasks Include:

  • operates controls to regulate the flow of white water and pulp stock into machine headboxes and on to wire-mesh belts for forming
  • sets up other equipment, starts machines and observes paper to detect wrinkles and makes adjustments to keep it smooth
  • inspects samples of products and laboratory reports and adjusts stock flow rates, speed and pitch of belts, frequency and amplitude of shaking, and pressures on pulp rollers
  • checks and starts auxiliary equipment such as agitators, pumps and filters
  • compiles production records and reports
  • positions rolls of paper on machine reel stands using hoists, and fastens collars and guides to secure them on shafts
  • threads paper around tensioner rollers, through machines and on to take-up rollers
  • adjusts steam pressure and temperature of dryers and hot air rollers
  • may operate size tubs, or spray paper with dyes, steam or water to finish
  • may operate machines which cut paper from rolls into sheets, stack them and remove and stack defective sheets

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