Reference Quantity: ST0296

Particulars of normal


The Papermaker operates equipment each individually, or as a part of a staff, to transform uncooked supplies to paper merchandise in an operator or assistant position within the course of for Pulping, Drying, Reeling, Coating, fundamental Upkeep and High quality Management Testing. Working with minimal supervision the Papermaker has data of all the course of.


Papermakers work in a variety of producing organizations, together with however not completely, newspaper, workplace papers, packaging and board, tissue, speciality, safety, medical, forex and tea bag. Paper will be constructed from a wide range of pure fibres resembling tender and onerous woods, abaca, bagasse, cotton and esparto relying on the product and paper machine getting used. The Papermaker will manufacture the product from uncooked supplies utilizing a wide range of tools resembling debarkers, pulpers, de-inkers, beaters, refiners and web site particular paper machines.

Occupational Abilities & Information

Job position 

Ability  Information and understanding


  • Talk successfully utilizing a full vary of strategies: talking; listening; writing; physique language and presentation.

  • Methods and processes related to trade/recording of knowledge required for the position.

 Well being, Security, Setting

  • Work safely on a paper machine and different particular areas of the mill, sustaining wonderful housekeeping.
  • Pay attention to environmental controls and affect.

  • Website and course of security, setting and danger administration programs.
  • Compliance with statutory, business and firm well being, security and environmental rules.

 Quality & Testing

  • Take a look at the paper to web site and buyer specs utilizing a wide range of testing tools and strategies.
  • Take duty for choices on high quality.

  • High quality processes and procedures to satisfy the necessities of high quality requirements related to the group.
  • High quality compliance necessities.

 Stock Preparation (Virgin & Recovered fibres)

  • Put together contemporary water and first and secondary fibres and check the properties of fabric.
  • Function machines resembling mechanical pulpers, chemical pulpers, refiners, de-inkers and different such tools to supply the specs required for the paper machine for a particular sector.

  • Mechanical pulpers, chemical pulpers, refiners, de-inkers and different such tools are used to supply optimum move and required specs.

Stock Method Wet Finish Chemistry

  • Produce machine inventory via mixing of fibres, components and hues.
  • Management consistency, dilution, screening and cleansing of inventory.
  • Management using chemical components to reinforce and enhance paper properties using sizing, starch, bleaching and brightening brokers.
  • Management using chemical compounds to enhance runnability resembling de-foamers, fixatives and biocides.
  • Perform in-depth cleansing of chests, vats, silos, pits and many others to a suitable commonplace.

  • How fibres react with chemical compounds.
  • Calculate optimum move charges utilizing chemical compounds.
  • Circulation in pipes.
  • Vessels together with holding and mixing.
  • Chemical components together with course of aids and useful aids.

Sheet Forming Systems

  • Function a paper machine for a particular sector.
  • Perform forming wire modifications to the related paper machine.

  • Fourdrinier, twin wire programs, multi ply, mould machines and different machines to supply paper for a particular sector.
  • Management sheet forming and drainage via use of management settings of fabric move and drainage parts.


Press & Drying Sections


  • Mechanically drain paper by use of presses and by use of warmth by drying and rolling of those.
  • Take a look at and consider the standard properties measured on the working paper and management any modifications required.
  • Perform cloth and dry wire modifications acceptable to the related paper machine.


  • Main aims of urgent.
  • Sorts of presses.
  • Press rolls.
  • Press felts & dry wires.
  • Drying Methods.
  • Steam and Condensate Methods.

Coatings & Calendaring

  • Put together coatings in response to formulae and make the most of these in response to buyer paper specs.

  • Calandering programs to realize buyer paper specs.

Reel Up & Slitting

  • Function reel up programs for optimum reel.
  • Function slitting programs.

  • Reel up programs for optimum reel.
  • Slitting programs.


  • Measure temperatures, pressures, speeds, and flows; perform changes for any measurement out of specification.
  • Perform fundamental operator engineering upkeep resembling lubrication, becoming of elements and altering filters and many others.
  • Perform deep cleansing on a wide range of tools.

  • Lubrication programs.
  • Fundamental Air programs.
  • Pump programs.
  • Fundamental Hydraulics
  • Buildings downside fixing.
  • Route trigger evaluation.
  • Fault discovering strategies.
  • Fundamental electrical provide.

Enterprise Enchancment Methods (BIT) together with Steady Enchancment

  • Use the lean instruments and strategies to determine waste in inventory preparation, paper machines and ending.
  • Capable of determine areas for enterprise enchancment
  • Perform a steady enchancment venture in a particular space to enhance a course of.
  • Use KPIs as a instrument for measuring efficiency.

  • Well being and Security.
  • 8 Wastes.
  • Key Efficiency Indicators (KPIs)
  • Course of Circulation Evaluation.
  • Issues Fixing Methods, 5s – Office Group, Visible Administration Methods.
  • Normal Working Procedures.
  • Single Minute Trade of Die.


Papermakers should additionally reveal:

  • The required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal expertise related to the skilled office.
  • Lively promotion of constructive security behaviours always
  • The flexibility to work successfully as a person and as a part of a staff.
  • Proactivity find options to issues.
  • A dedication to high quality and steady enchancment.
  • A recognition and appreciation of equality and variety within the office.
  • The flexibility to deal with change and reply to vary administration processes.


All apprentices can be required to attain a Degree 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations or equal as a pre-requisite to taking the end-point evaluation course of.

Apprentices with out degree 2 English and Arithmetic might want to obtain this degree previous to completion of their Apprenticeship.

Entry Necessities

Particular person employers will determine any related entry necessities. Most candidates will usually have GCSEs (or equal) at A* – C together with a minimal of Arithmetic, English, ITC and presumably a related science.

Period of Apprenticeship

Sometimes 36 months at Degree 3

Evaluation Date

The usual can be reviewed after 3 years.

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