Paper Goods Machine Set-Up Operator

Set up and adjust machines that convert paper sheets into products.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Paper Goods Machine Set-Up Operators do?

Sets up and adjusts machines that convert, saw, corrugate, band, wrap, box, stitch, form, or seal paper or paperboard sheets into products, such as toilet tissue, towels, napkins, bags, envelopes, tubing, cartons, wax rolls, and containers, according to specifications, by any combination of following tasks: Adjusts rolls, guides, and chutes to accommodate type of paper or paperboard fed from parent rolls or flat stock from automatic feedracks, using handtools. Measures, spaces, and sets saw blades, cutters, and perforators, according to product specifications, using rule, thumbscrews, and wrenches. Installs printing attachment to machine and makes adjustment for clarity of print. Threads wire through stitching head and synchronizes speed for spacing stitches. Installs or resets cutting dies according to work orders, using handtools. Operates machine for test run to verify adjustments and observes functioning of machine parts, such as gauges, elevator, belts, slip clutches, oil injectors, glue feeders, and electrical devices. Repairs or replaces defective parts. May be designated according to type of machine adjusted as Bag-Machine Set-Up Operator; Gluing-Machine Adjuster; Stitcher Set-Up Operator, Automatic.


Should I be a Paper Goods Machine Set-Up Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Bag-Machine Set-Up Operator, Feeder Worker Power Unit Operator, Gluer Machine Setup Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Paper Goods Machine Set-Up Operator

    Most Paper Goods Machine Set-Up Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%2899%25%29|certificate+%281%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,99,99
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