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 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.
- Observes operation of various machines to detect and correct machine malfunctions such as improper forming, glue flow, or pasteboard tension.
- 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.
- Disassembles machines to maintain, repair, or replace broken or worn parts, using hand or power tools.
- Installs attachments to machines for gluing, folding, printing, or cutting.
- Cuts products to specified dimensions, using hand or power cutters.
- Places rolls of paper or cardboard on machine feed tracks, and threads paper through gluing, coating, and slitting rollers.
- Monitors finished cartons as they drop from forming machines into rotating hoppers and into gravity feed chutes to prevent jamming.
- Adjusts guide assemblies, forming bars, and folding mechanisms according to specifications, using hand tools.
- Measures, spaces, and sets saw blades, cutters, and perforators, according to product specifications.