Pulp mill machine operators

Pulp mill machine operators

NOC
9432

Operate and monitor various types of processing machinery and equipment to produce pulp.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

17
 

Median Hourly Wage

$30.00
$14.50
Low
$37.30
High

Median Salary

$90,909
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

164
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

83%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Pulp mill machine operators operate and monitor various types of processing machinery and equipment to produce pulp. They are employed by pulp and paper companies.

Main Duties

Pulp mill machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and monitor screening equipment, bleaching equipment, digesters, mixing tanks, washers, and other pulp processing machinery and equipment to carry out one or more cellulose processing steps
  • 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 pulping control operator to make process adjustments and start up or shut down machinery and equipment as required
  • Collect processing samples and conduct titration tests, pH readings, specific density tests and other routine tests on pulp and solutions
  • Complete and maintain production reports.

Also Known As

  • assistant bleacher operator - pulp and paper
  • assistant digester operator
  • cook - pulp and paper
  • cook's first helper - pulp and paper
  • digester operator - pulp and paper
  • field operator - pulp and paper
  • grinderman/woman - pulp and paper
  • refiner operator - pulp and paper
  • repulper operator
  • screenman/woman - pulp and paper
  • thermomechanical pulp assistant operator
  • thermomechanical pulp operator
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A college diploma in forest products processing or a related subject may be required.
  • Completion of several weeks of formal company training and several months of on-the-job training is required.
  • Previous experience as a pulp mill labourer within the same company is usually required.
  • A certificate in industrial first aid may be required.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

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Data legend

1.2%
Female
98.8%
Male
Employment by age

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0.0%
15-24
10.7%
25-34
32.1%
35-44
32.1%
45-54
25.0%
55-64
0.0%
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
6.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
46.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
6.7%
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

100.0%
Manufacturing
0.0%
N/A
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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21.40%
Northeast
0.00%
Southeast
46.40%
Southwest
14.30%
Central
17.90%
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

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N/A
Northeast
N/A
Southeast
$100,277
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

$90,909

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$90,910

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

New Brunswick

$90,909

Newfoundland

N/A

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$65,993

Canada

$73,423
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

17
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-5
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

21
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

57
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-14
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

69