NOC 9433 – Papermaking and finishing machine operators



Papermaking and finishing machine operators operate process machinery and equipment and assist papermaking and coating control operators to produce, coat and finish paper. They are employed by pulp and paper companies.

There is limited mobility among jobs within this occupational group.

Progression to papermaking and coating control operator occupations is possible with experience.

Main Duties

Papermaking and finishing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and monitor various papermaking and finishing process machinery and equipment to dry, calender, laminate, coat, slit, trim, wind or carry out other papermaking and finishing process steps
  • Mount, position and thread paper rolls using a hoist
  • Control process machinery using a distributed control system and process computers
  • Observe equipment and machinery, panel indicators, gauges, level indicators and other equipment instruments to detect machinery and equipment malfunctions and ensure process steps are carried out according to specifications
  • Communicate with and assist papermaking and coating control operators to make process adjustments and to start up or shut down process machines as required
  • Inspect paper visually for wrinkles, holes, discolouration, streaks or other defects and take corrective action
  • Complete and maintain production reports.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of several weeks of formal company training and several months of on-the-job training is required.
  • Previous experience as a labourer within the same company is usually required.
  • A certificate in industrial first aid may be required.
  • A competency certificate in natural gas may be required.

All Titles

  • assistant coating operator – pulp and paper
  • back tender, paper machine
  • balerman/woman – pulp and paper
  • baling press tender – pulp and paper
  • calender man/woman – pulp and paper
  • calender operator – pulp and paper
  • calenderer – pulp and paper
  • combiner machine operator – paper mill
  • core cutter and reamer
  • crimping head operator – papermaking
  • cutter and reamer, cores – pulp and paper
  • embossing calender operator – pulp and paper
  • finisher – pulp and paper
  • fourdrinier machine operator – pulp and paper
  • fourth hand – pulp and paper
  • grader – pulp and paper
  • graderman/woman – pulp and paper
  • label operator – papermaking
  • laminating machine operator – paper mill
  • packer-wrapper attendant – papermaking
  • paper grader
  • paper jogger operation – pulp and paper
  • paper machine hand
  • paper machine operator
  • paper machine winderman/woman
  • paper roll finisher – pulp and paper
  • paper roll wrapper – pulp and paper
  • paper-coating machine operator
  • paper-finishing machine operator
  • papermaking and finishing machine operator
  • pressman/woman, pulp – pulp and paper
  • processed paper rewinder
  • pulp press tender
  • rewinder – pulp and paper
  • rewinder tender – pulp and paper
  • roll finisher – paper
  • roll wrapper – paper
  • salvage winder operator – papermaking
  • second hand, paper machine
  • sheet paper inspector
  • sheet paper sampler
  • sheeter operator – pulp and paper
  • specialty rewinder operator – papermaking
  • supercalender operator – pulp and paper
  • third hand – pulp and paper
  • winder operator – pulp and paper
  • winderman/woman – pulp and paper
  • wrapline operator – papermaking


  • Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing (See 9614 Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing)
  • Machine operators engaged in fabricating and assembling paper products (See 9435 Paper converting machine operators)
  • Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators (See 9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators)
  • Supervisors, forest products processing (See 9215 Supervisors, forest products processing)


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