Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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About the Job

Set up, operate, or tend paper goods machines that perform a variety of functions, such as converting, sawing, corrugating, banding, wrapping, boxing, stitching, forming, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets into products.

It is also Called

  • Bag Machine Operator
  • Bag Machine Tender
  • Bag Maker
  • Bag Presser
  • Bag Valver
  • Bender Machine Operator
  • Binder
  • Bindery Machine Operator
  • Bookbinder
  • Box Brander

What They Do

  • Load automatic stapling mechanisms.
  • Lift tote boxes of finished cartons, and dump cartons into feed hoppers.
  • Remove finished cores, and stack or place them on conveyors for transfer to other work areas.
  • Disassemble machines to maintain, repair, or replace broken or worn parts, using hand or power tools.
  • Monitor finished cartons as they drop from forming machines into rotating hoppers and into gravity feed chutes to prevent jamming.
  • Cut products to specified dimensions, using hand or power cutters.
  • Fill glue and paraffin reservoirs, and position rollers to dispense glue onto paperboard.
  • Place rolls of paper or cardboard on machine feed tracks, and thread paper through gluing, coating, and slitting rollers.
  • Stamp products with information such as dates, using hand stamps or automatic stamping devices.
  • Observe operation of various machines to detect and correct machine malfunctions such as improper forming, glue flow, or pasteboard tension.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2012, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $29,880 with most people making between $17,680 and $42,310

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 2,300 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 1,600 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.