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.

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

This table shows the top 10 highest paying industries for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders based on their average annual salary.

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $51820 $24.91
Chemical Manufacturing $42270 $20.32
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $41710 $20.05
Dairy Product Manufacturing $40720 $19.58
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing $39510 $18.99
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $37360 $17.96
Printing and Related Support Activities $36860 $17.72
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $36760 $17.67
Other Food Manufacturing $35860 $17.24
Support Activities for Crop Production $33970 $16.33

View more salary by industries here.

Where can they work

Where can Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders work? Here is a table showing the top 10 largest employers of Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders including the average salary in that industry.

Employers Total Employed Annual Salary Hourly Wages
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 62840 $39510 $18.99
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 22330 $51820 $24.91
Printing and Related Support Activities 4420 $36860 $17.72
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 1750 $37360 $17.96
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 780 $31890 $15.33
Plastics Product Manufacturing 660 $32110 $15.44
Other Food Manufacturing 380 $35860 $17.24
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 210 $33220 $15.97
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 210 $32850 $15.79
Warehousing and Storage 160 $32480 $15.61

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%

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%

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%

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 majors

No majors found

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 type 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.

The Builder
95%

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


The Thinker
43%

People with The Thinker personality likes to work with ideas that require an extensive amount of thinking. They prefer work that requires them to solve problems mentally.


The Artist
14%

People with The Artist personality likes to work with designs and patterns. They prefer activities that require self-expression and prefer work that can be done without following a clear set of rules.


The Helper
14%

People with The Helper personality type likes to work with people and in teams. They prefer work that allows them to build relationships with others.


The Leader
33%

People with The Leader personality likes to start and work on projects. They also like leading people and making many decisions.


The Organizer
67%

People with The Organizer personality type likes to follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and details more than with ideas.


You can read more about these career personality types here.

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.

Take this quiz to see if this is the right career for you.

Work Values

Which values are the most important to a person’s satisfaction for this job?

Achievement
29%

You are someone who is results oriented. You prefer work that allows you to utilize your skills and abilities while at the same time giving you a sense of accomplishment.

Working Conditions
36%

You are someone who values job security, steady employment, and good working conditions. You also prefer work that keeps you busy all the time with something different to do every day.

Recognition
29%

You are someone who values job advancement and leadership roles. You prefer work that receives recognition for the work you do and jobs that are looked up to by others in the company and your community.

Relationships
57%

You are someone who likes to provide a service to others. You prefer a work environment where you can work with your co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Support
71%

You are someone who values a company that stands behind their employees. You prefer a work environment where everyone is treated fairly and is being supported by the company.

Independence
38%

You are someone who likes to work on your own and make your own decisions. You prefer work that requires little supervision and are allowed to try out your own ideas.

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