Pulp & Paper

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What does it involve?

Pulp and paper operators use machinery and equipment to make pulp and paper. They understand both manual and computer-controlled systems and processes and monitor, maintain and make minor repairs to ensure a consistent quality of output throughout the production process.

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Typical day

Typically, an 8-hour day or shift work. A typical day involves,monitoring and operating waste treatment plants to ensure environmental compliance, operating chemical plants, set and operate wood-chip machinery, operate refiners, boilers and large complex dryers and pulp converting machinery.

Pulp and paper

How could I get into the industry?

There are no specific entry requirements to become a pulp and paper mill operator as skills are usually gained on the job. Useful experience for pulp and paper workers includes working using machinery and computers and some engineering experience. A forklift license is useful.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

AttributesHelpful experiencePreferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Computing / ICT / Information┬áManagement
  • Reasonable strength and fitness
  • Good organisation skills
  • Good work habits / time management
  • Good at problem solving / creative
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Selling or persuading people
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (retail/shop/etc...)
  • One place every day

How much could I earn?

  • Qualified

    $45k - $80k

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • NCEA Level 2 is ideal
  • Pulp and Paper Operator
  • Team Leader
  • Business Manager
Unit/Achievement standards in schoolsTraineeship or ApprenticeshipHigher learningHigher learning