Reference Quantity: ST0296

Particulars of ordinary


The Papermaker operates equipment each individually, or as a part of a group, 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 your complete course of.


Papermakers work in a variety of producing organizations, together with however not solely, newspaper, workplace papers, packaging and board, tissue, speciality, safety, medical, forex and tea bag. Paper may be constituted of quite a lot of pure fibres comparable to 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 quite a lot of gear comparable to debarkers, pulpers, de-inkers, beaters, refiners and web site particular paper machines.

Occupational Expertise & 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 data required for the position.

 Well being, Security, Setting

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

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

 Quality & Testing

  • Take a look at the paper to web site and buyer specs utilizing quite a lot of testing gear and strategies.
  • Take accountability 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 recent water and first and secondary fibres and take a look at the properties of fabric.
  • Function machines comparable to mechanical pulpers, chemical pulpers, refiners, de-inkers and different such gear to supply the specs required for the paper machine for a particular sector.

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

Stock Strategy Wet Finish Chemistry

  • Produce machine inventory by way of 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 comparable to de-foamers, fixatives and biocides.
  • Perform in-depth cleansing of chests, vats, silos, pits and so forth to a suitable normal.

  • How fibres react with chemical compounds.
  • Calculate optimum movement charges utilizing chemical compounds.
  • Circulate 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 adjustments 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 by way of use of management settings of fabric movement and drainage elements.


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 adjustments required.
  • Perform material and dry wire adjustments applicable to the related paper machine.


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

Coatings & Calendaring

  • Put together coatings based on formulae and make the most of these based on buyer paper specs.

  • Calandering programs to achieve 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 comparable to lubrication, becoming of elements and altering filters and so forth.
  • Perform deep cleansing on quite a lot of gear.

  • Lubrication programs.
  • Fundamental Air programs.
  • Pump programs.
  • Fundamental Hydraulics
  • Buildings drawback 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.
  • In a position to determine areas for enterprise enchancment
  • Perform a steady enchancment undertaking 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 Circulate Evaluation.
  • Issues Fixing Methods, 5s – Office Group, Visible Administration Methods.
  • Normal Working Procedures.
  • Single Minute Change of Die.


Papermakers should additionally reveal:

  • The required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal abilities related to the skilled office.
  • Energetic promotion of optimistic security behaviours always
  • The power to work successfully as a person and as a part of a group.
  • Proactivity to find options to issues.
  • A dedication to high quality and steady enchancment.
  • A recognition and appreciation of equality and variety within the office.
  • The power to deal with change and reply to alter 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 probably a related science.

Length of Apprenticeship

Sometimes 36 months at Degree 3

Assessment Date

The usual can be reviewed after 3 years.

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