1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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7124-11 Pulp Mill Operator

Produces paper pulp from wood chips, and refines and prepares it for paper making.

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 equipment that grinds wood billets into fibres and digests wood chips to produce cooked paper pulp
  • feeds raw material into equipment in batches or by conveyors or pumps as continuous flow
  • operates auxiliary equipment such as absorption towers, mixing tanks, rotary drums and washers
  • monitors equipment operation and arranges maintenance
  • carries out minor maintenance and cleaning
  • takes samples of products for testing
  • controls the addition of chemicals to pulp
  • may screen pulp to remove oversized slivers of wood, bleach, process and refine pulp, and shorten fibres to prepare pulp for papermaking
  • may mix, dry, shred and bale pulp for paper manufacture

Specialisations:
Bleach Plant Operator

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