Supercalender Operator

Operate supercalender machines to impart gloss to surface of paper.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Supercalender Operators do?

Operates supercalender machine to impart specified gloss and finish to surface of paper: Positions roll of paper on machine reel stand, using hoist. Fastens collar and alignment guides on shaft to secure roll, using wrench. Threads paper around feed, calender, and tension rolls, and wraps end of paper around core shaft of rewinder roll. Observes gauge and turns valve to control temperature by regulating flow of steam to calender rolls. Turns handwheels to control tension of paper and pressure of rolls. Inspects paper for dirt, slime spots, wrinkles, and compactness of winding. Splices breaks in paper with glue or splicing paper, and seals splices with heated flatiron. Tests paper samples for gloss and finish, using glarimeter. Holds sandpaper against revolving rolls to remove lint and dirt.

Should I be a Supercalender 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Mechanical Striper

    How to become a Supercalender Operator

    Most Supercalender 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:9laaaa&chl=no+college+%2884%25%29|certificate+%2816%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,84,84
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