What Do Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders Do

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Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders 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.

Salary
$41480
Becoming One
Easy
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Low
Job Growth

Personality





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What they do

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders 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.

  • Examine completed work to detect defects and verify conformance to work orders, and adjust machinery as necessary to correct production problems.
  • Observe the operation of various machines to detect and correct machine malfunctions such as improper forming, glue flow, or pasteboard tension.
  • Install attachments to machines for gluing, folding, printing, or cutting.
  • Cut products to specified dimensions, using hand or power cutters.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Paper Goods Machine Operators start machines and move controls to regulate tension on pressure rolls, synchronize the speed of machine components, and adjust temperatures of glue or paraffin. They examine completed work to detect defects and verify conformance to work orders and adjust machinery as necessary to correct production problems.

  • Adjust guide assemblies, forming bars, and folding mechanisms according to specifications, using hand tools.
  • Monitor finished cartons as they drop from forming machines into rotating hoppers and into gravity feed chutes to prevent jamming.
  • Stamp products with information such as dates, using hand stamps or automatic stamping devices.
  • Remove finished cores, and stack or place them on conveyors for transfer to other work areas.
  • Lift tote boxes of finished cartons, and dump cartons into feed hoppers.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Paper Goods Machine Operators also fill glue and paraffin reservoirs, and position rollers to dispense glue onto paperboard. They may also load automatic stapling mechanisms.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Paper Goods Machine Operators cut products to specified dimensions, using hand or power cutters. They might also disassemble machines to maintain, repair, or replace broken or worn parts, using hand or power tools.

In addition, they lift tote boxes of finished cartons and dump cartons into feed hoppers.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them measure, space, and set saw blades, cutters, and perforators, according to product specifications.

To some Paper Goods Machine Operators, it is also their responsibility to install attachments to machines for gluing, folding, printing, or cutting.

Freedom to make decisions

How much decision making freedom does this job offer?

No freedom
5%

Very little freedom
12%

Limited freedom
36%

Some freedom
27%

A lot of freedom
19%

Structured vs unstructured work

To what extent is this job structured for you versus allowing you to determine your own tasks, priorities, and goals?

No freedom
1%

Very little freedom
16%

Limited freedom
50%

Some freedom
31%

A lot of freedom
2%


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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Low

Is this job meaningful

Low

61% said they were satisfied with their job and 46% said they found their job meaningful.


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who want to work in a supportive work environment.

It is easy to get into this career. Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required to get started.

Normal working hours (40 hours per week).

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

One of the lowest paying jobs.

Demand for this career is declining.

How much do they make

Average salary

$41480 per year

Average hourly wage

$20 per hour

Entry-level Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,150 to $31,320 per year or $13 to $15 per hour.

Salary range Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $30 $61,510
Senior (Top 25%) $24 $50,000
Middle (Mid 50%) $19 $39,820
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $31,320
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $26,150

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
0%

40 hours
70%

More than 40 hours
30%

Working schedule

81%

19%

0%

Work with group or team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Not important at all
1%

Fairly important
1%

Important
3%

Very important
37%

Extremely important
59%

Deal with external customers

How important is it to work with customers in this job?

Not important at all
57%

Fairly important
13%

Important
6%

Very important
2%

Extremely important
22%

Manage or lead others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in completing work activities in this job?

Not important at all
22%

Fairly important
3%

Important
14%

Very important
24%

Extremely important
37%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
12%

Every day
7%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
15%

Every day
1%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
16%

Every day
79%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
50%

Once a year
2%

Once a month
14%

Once a week
1%

Every day
34%

Frequency of conflict situations

How often are there conflict situations in this job?

Never
17%

Once a year
23%

Once a month
36%

Once a week
2%

Every day
23%

Dealing with angry people

How often do you have to deal with angry, unpleasant, or discourteous individuals in this job?

Never
17%

Once a year
32%

Once a month
35%

Once a week
16%

Every day
1%

Dealing with physically aggressive people

How often do you have to deal with physically aggressive people in this job?

Never
86%

Once a year
13%

Once a month
1%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
2%

Slightly competitive
3%

Moderately competitive
58%

Highly competitive
13%

Extremely competitive
24%

Repetition in this job

How important is repeating the same type of task over and over in this job?

Not important at all
22%

Fairly important
14%

Important
12%

Very Important
3%

Extremely Important
50%

Impact of decisions on co-workers or company results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the reputation or financial resources of your employer?

No impact
1%

Minor impact
1%

Moderate impact
18%

Important impact
45%

Very important impact
36%

Frequency of decision making

How frequently do you have to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the reputation of the company?

Never
2%

Once a year
1%

Once a month
17%

Once a week
14%

Every day
66%

Responsibility for others’ health and safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

No responsibility
0%

Limited responsibility
1%

Moderate responsibility
9%

High responsibility
47%

Very high responsibility
43%

Responsibility for outcomes and results

How much responsibility is there for the work outcomes and results of other workers?

No responsibility
11%

Limited responsibility
14%

Moderate responsibility
13%

High responsibility
39%

Very high responsibility
23%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
49%

Once a year or more
1%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
1%

Every day
49%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
35%

Once a year or more
1%

Once a month or more
1%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
63%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
89%

Once a year or more
9%

Once a month or more
1%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
0%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
94%

Once a year or more
6%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
0%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Easy
You may need some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Most careers in this difficulty category usually don’t require a degree. However, you will need a few months of on-the-job training with experienced employees. Similar careers include Customer Service Representatives, Security Guards, and Bank Tellers.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
20%

High School Diploma or equivalent
69%

Post-Secondary Certificate
1%

Some College Courses
9%

Associate’s Degree or similar
1%

Bachelor’s Degree
0%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
0%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
7%

1 month
25%

1 to 3 months
9%

3 to 6 months
23%

6 months to 1 year
18%

1 to 2 years
11%

2 to 4 years
2%

4 to 6 years
6%

6 to 8 years
0%

8 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
7%

1 month
24%

1 to 3 months
46%

3 to 6 months
11%

6 months to 1 year
11%

1 to 2 years
2%

2 to 4 years
0%

4 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

Should you become one

Best personality for this career
The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

95%

43%

14%

14%

33%

67%

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People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

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