Profession paper bag machine operator

Paper bag machine operators tend a machine that takes in paper, folds it and glues it to produce paper bags of various sizes, shapes, and grades of strength.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Packaging processes

    Packaging design and development. Decorating and printing processes executed in packaging. Pckaging machinery and line operations.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.


  • Monitor conveyor belt

    Monitor the flow of the work pieces on the conveyor belt as they are processed by the machine to ensure optimal productivity.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Adjust paper bag machine

    Control output of paper bags and be able to make minor adjustments to ensure the side seals, wicket holes, and lip size are within product or company specifications.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Stack paper bags

    Manually remove finished paper bags from the paper bag machine and stack them onto piles in crates or boxes for further packaging and transporting.

  • Set up the controller of a machine

    Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Operate paper bag machine

    Tend a machine that automatically measures, prints, cuts, folds, and glues paper material to paper bags. Make sure that finished bags are uniform.

Optional knowledge and skills

clean equipment tend automatic sewing machines check quality of raw materials prepare production reports adjust properties of cut prevent paper jams stitch paper materials sizes of paper keep records of work progress perform machine maintenance record production data for quality control trim excess materials pack goods remove excess glue operate flexographic printing machine operate creasing machinery report defective manufacturing materials types of paper consult technical resources mix ink operate rotary press

Common job titles

  • Machine operator
  • Bag machine operator
  • Bagging operator
  • Cutter operator
  • Bagcraft tier 3 bag operator 1st shift (#6201)
  • Packaging clerk
  • General laborer - entry level
  • Inspector-operator