Paper Machine Back Tender

Operate driers, calenders, and winding sections of fourdriniers.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Paper Machine Back Tenders do?

Operates drier, calender, and winding sections of fourdrinier or cylinder-type papermaking machines to produce paper and wind it onto rolls: Threads continuous sheet of paper through carrier, drier, and calender rolls by hand. Observes charts and gauges, and turns valves to adjust steam pressure, temperature of drier and calender rolls, and hot air blowing into continuous sheet. Turns wheels to adjust tension on rolls and control running speed of sheet. Inspects sheet for defects, such as dirt, slime spots, holes, and wrinkles, and marks defective portions for removal at rewinding section. Directs workers engaged in winding, slitting, weighing, wrapping, and stenciling paper rolls. May operate size tub or spray paper with steam, water, or dyes to obtain specified finish. May operate drying section only to produce rolls or sheets of dry pulp and be designated Back Tender, Pulp Drier. May be designated according to type of machine as Back Tender, Cylinder; Back Tender, Fourdrinier.

Should I be a Paper Machine Back Tender?

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

  • Also known as: Back Tender, Fourdrinier, Back Tender, Paper Machine, Panel-Machine Tender

    How to Become a
    Paper Machine Back Tender

    Paper Machine Back Tenders generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Paper Machine Back Tender-related education!
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