Sets up, operates, or tends paper goods machines that perform a variety of functions, such as converting, sawing, corrugating, banding, wrapping, boxing, stitching, forming, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets into products.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Examines completed work to detect defects and verify conformance to work orders, and adjusts machinery as necessary to correct production problems.
- Starts machines and moves controls to regulate tension on pressure rolls, to synchronize speed of machine components, and to adjust temperatures of glue or paraffin.
- Adjusts guide assemblies, forming bars, and folding mechanisms according to specifications, using hand tools.
- Installs attachments to machines for gluing, folding, printing, or cutting.
- Measures, spaces, and sets saw blades, cutters, and perforators, according to product specifications.
- Observes operation of various machines to detect and correct machine malfunctions such as improper forming, glue flow, or pasteboard tension.
- Stamps products with information such as dates, using hand stamps or automatic stamping devices.
- Places rolls of paper or cardboard on machine feed tracks, and threads paper through gluing, coating, and slitting rollers.
- Fills glue and paraffin reservoirs, and positions rollers to dispense glue onto paperboard.
- Cuts products to specified dimensions, using hand or power cutters.