Carton Forming Machine Operator

Tend machines that form and glue paperboard into finished cartons.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Carton Forming Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that forms and glues flat blanks or continuous roll of paperboard into finished cartons for packing merchandise: Adjusts forming bars to accommodate size of box to be shaped, using handtools. Fills glue pots with adhesive and positions rollers to dispense glue onto paperboard. Loads feeding magazine with blanks, or mounts roll of paper on machine standard and threads paper to feeding mechanism and starts machine. Observes machine operation to detect malfunction. May load machine with roll of waxed, parchment, or other paper used to line cartons. May mount roll of metal strip to form cutting edge on cartons. May stamp data with handstamp or attach automatic stamping device.


Should I be a Carton Forming Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to Become a
    Carton Forming Machine Operator

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