Profession pulp control operator

Pulp and papermaking plant operators operate and monitor multi-function process control machinery and processing equipment to control the processing of wood, scrap pulp and other cellulose materials in the production of pulp.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Conventional

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Knowledge

  • Types of digesters

    This includes the stationary and rotary steam digesters, which cook wood chips in an acid solution to make pulp for use in the manufacture of paper.

  • Types of moulded fibres

    Field of information which distinguishes different kinds of moulded fibres such as thickwall, transfer moulded, thermoformed, and processed fibre types.

  • Types of pulp

    Kinds of pulp are distinguished based on their fibre type and the specific chemical processes through which they were created.

Skills

  • Operate pulp control machine

    Set up, operate and maintain specialised machinery and equipment to control the creation of pulp from wood, recyclable paper, and other cellulose materials.

  • Operate digester machine

    Add cooking chemicals and steam to dissolve lignin and separate the plant fibres, breaking down wood chips to recover pulp after a bleaching and drying process.

  • Work safely with machines

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

  • Set up machine controls

    Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.

  • Monitor pulp quality

    Avoid lesser quality and lower grades of recycled paper and pulp by keeping an eye open for stickies, plastics, colour, unbleached fibres, brightness, and dirt.

Optional knowledge and skills

consult technical resources prepare production reports feed pulp mixing vat maintain recycling records deinking processes concentrate pulp slurry grade pulp perform machine maintenance operate pulper test paper production samples inspect quality of products keep records of work progress operate pulp moulding machine record production data for quality control dispose of non-hazardous waste monitor gauge coordinate shipments of recycling materials operate fluff pulp mixing machine