Pulp and paper control operators

Pulp and paper control operators

NOC
9235

- Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators

Operate and monitor process control machinery and equipment to control the processing of wood, pulp, recyclable paper, cellulose materials and paperboard.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

32
 

Median Hourly Wage

$28.00
$15.28
Low
$45.00
High

Median Salary

$87,983
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

209
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

79%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators operate and monitor multi-function process control machinery and equipment to control the processing of wood, scrap pulp, recyclable paper, cellulose materials, paper pulp and paperboard. They are employed by pulp and paper companies.

Main Duties

Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate, co-ordinate and monitor pulping, papermaking and papercoating process equipment from central control room or machine consoles and control panels in equipment cabins to control process operations and machinery in the production of pulp and paper
  • Control the processing of wood, scrap pulp, recyclable paper, cellulose materials, pulp paper and paperboard and monitor the chemical and physical process operations using a distributed control system and process computers
  • Observe panel indicators, gauges, video monitors and other instruments to detect equipment malfunctions and ensure pulping, papermaking and coating processes are operating according to process specifications
  • Analyze instrument readings and production test samples and make adjustments or direct other pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators to make adjustments to pulp production, papermaking and coating process and equipment as required
  • Complete and maintain production reports.

Also Known As

  • bleach plant operator - pulp and paper
  • panelboard operator - pulp and paper
  • paper machine control operator
  • pulping control operator
  • pulping group operator - pulp and paper
  • pulping technician
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A college or other program in forest products processing or a related subject may be required for pulping control operators.
  • Completion of several weeks of formal company training and several months of on-the-job training is required.
  • Several years of experience as a pulp mill, papermaking or finishing machine operator 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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

1.8%
Female
98.2%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

0.0%
15-24
5.9%
25-34
23.5%
35-44
38.2%
45-54
26.5%
55-64
5.9%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
40.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
5.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
45.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
8.6%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

94.3%
Manufacturing
5.7%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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5.90%
Northeast
29.40%
Southeast
52.90%
Southwest
11.80%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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N/A
Northeast
$53,709
Southeast
$97,667
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$87,983

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$89,744

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$87,983

Newfoundland

$62,002

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$53,948

Canada

$69,526
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

32
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-4
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

33
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

114
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

3
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

107