Taper Operator

Tend machines that tape edges of corrugated paperboard box blanks.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $43,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Taper Operators do?

Tends machine that tapes edges of corrugated paperboard box blanks to form boxes: Mounts roll of gummed tape onto machine and threads tape through feed and moisture applicator rollers and under cutoff knife. Turns petcock to start flow of water to applicator tray. Positions and secures cutoff knife micro-switch, according to box dimensions, using handtools. Starts machine, folds blank along scored lines, and feeds folded blank into machine that tapes edges to form box. Observes machine operation to detect malfunction and inspects completed boxes to verify tape application according to specifications. Adjusts tape guides, water flow, or cutoff knife to correct faulty tape application.

Should I be a Taper 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Bottomer Operator, Caser Operator, French-Edge Operator, Paper Gluing Operator, Semiautomatic-Taper Operator See More

    How to become a Taper Operator

    Most Taper 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+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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