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Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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Set up, operate, or tend 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.

    Work Activities
    • Examine completed work to detect defects and verify conformance to work orders, and adjust machinery as necessary to correct production problems.
    • Observe operation of various machines to detect and correct machine malfunctions such as improper forming, glue flow, or pasteboard tension.
    • Install attachments to machines for gluing, folding, printing, or cutting.
    • Cut products to specified dimensions, using hand or power cutters.
    • Place rolls of paper or cardboard on machine feed tracks, and thread paper through gluing, coating, and slitting rollers.
    • Monitor finished cartons as they drop from forming machines into rotating hoppers and into gravity feed chutes to prevent jamming.
    • Adjust guide assemblies, forming bars, and folding mechanisms according to specifications, using hand tools.
    • Start machines and move controls to regulate tension on pressure rolls, to synchronize speed of machine components, and to adjust temperatures of glue or paraffin.
    • Measure, space, and set saw blades, cutters, and perforators, according to product specifications.
    • Fill glue and paraffin reservoirs, and position rollers to dispense glue onto paperboard.
    • Disassemble machines to maintain, repair, or replace broken or worn parts, using hand or power tools.
    • Stamp products with information such as dates, using hand stamps or automatic stamping devices.
    • Lift tote boxes of finished cartons, and dump cartons into feed hoppers.
    • Remove finished cores, and stack or place them on conveyors for transfer to other work areas.
    • Load automatic stapling mechanisms.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge
    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $39,690/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $19.08/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 4,110
    • Yearly Projected Openings 360
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Initiative
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Thermal book binding machines
    • Printing collators or decollators
    • Paper punching or binding machines
    • Laser printers
    • Cutters
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Desktop publishing software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.