Paper Products Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture paper packaging and other products from paper and fibreboard stock.

Specialisations: Carton Making Machinist, Embosser, Paper Bag Making Machinist.

You can work as a Paper Products Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

Tasks

  • Sets up printing plates, ink circulation systems, knives, creases, cutting dies, and folding and gluing machines.
  • Loads machines with paper and fibreboard.
  • Operates machines to form cardboard containers, paper plates, egg cartons, tissue paper and other paper products.
  • Adjusts and cleans machines and performs minor repairs.

More about Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators

All Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators

  • $1,312 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Paper Products Machine Operators

  • 1,600 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 11% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Paper Products Machine Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,500 in 2011 to 1,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Paper Products Machine Operators work in Victoria and South Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Administrative and Support Services; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (55%).
  • Gender: 11% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing89.3
Administrative and Support Services3.1
Wholesale Trade2.9
Retail Trade0.9
Other Industries3.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePaper Products Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.831.6
VIC42.125.6
QLD15.020.0
SA12.17.0
WA4.810.8
TAS1.12.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPaper Products Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.05.0
20-244.5-9.39.3
25-3418.0-22.922.9
35-4421.4-22.022.0
45-5431.6-21.621.6
55-5912.7-9.09.0
60-647.8-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPaper Products Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree5.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV23.7-21.121.1
Year 1226.4-18.118.1
Year 118.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below28.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Paper Products Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence

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Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Employers look for Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators who are hardworking, have good people skills and are reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    56% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Mechanical

    56% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Education and Training

    43% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. English Language

    41% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    40% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9196.00 - Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Exposed to Contaminants

    97% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  2. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    97% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

  3. Spend Time Standing

    96% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    90% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  5. Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment

    89% Important

    How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9196.00 - Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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