Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
SOC: 51-9196.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
91,900 employed

Projected (2024):
82,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Bag Machine Helper
  • Bag Machine Operator
  • Bag Machine Tender
  • Bag Maker
  • Bag Presser
  • Bag Valver
  • Bender Machine Operator
  • Binder
  • Bindery Machine Operator
  • Bookbinder
  • Box Brander
  • Box Fabricator
  • Box Finisher
  • Box Folding Machine Operator
  • Box Liner
  • Box Machine Operator
  • Box Stamper
  • Bundler
  • Card Folder
  • Carton Folder
  • Carton Forming Machine Operator
  • Carton Maker
  • Carton Making Machine Operator
  • Cellophane Bag Machine Operator
  • Convolute Tube Winder
  • Corrugated Box Machine Operator
  • Corrugator
  • Corrugator Machine Operator
  • Corrugator Operator
  • Crepe Machine Operator
  • Crepe Maker
  • Cup Machine Operator
  • Cylinder Machine Operator
  • Envelope Adjuster
  • Envelope Folding Machine Adjuster
  • Envelope Folding Machine Operator
  • Envelope Machine Operator
  • Envelope Maker
  • Feeder Worker Power Unit Operator
  • Flange Machine Operator
  • Folder
  • Folder Machine Adjuster
  • Folder Machine Operator
  • Folder Operator
  • Folding Machine Operator
  • Four Corner Former Machine Operator
  • Gluer Machine Setup Operator
  • Knife Operator
  • Label Folder
  • Label Rewinder
  • Lace Paper Machine Operator
  • Lining Folder
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Mat Gauger
  • Matchbook Maker
  • Napkin Machine Operator
  • Offset Label Rewinder
  • Operator
  • Paper Bag Machine Operator
  • Paper Bag Maker
  • Paper Cap Machine Operator
  • Paper Cone Machine Operator
  • Paper Cone Machine Tender
  • Paper Cup Machine Tender
  • Paper Cutter Operator
  • Paper Feeder
  • Paper Folder
  • Paper Folding Machine Operator
  • Paper Goods Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Paper Machine Backtender
  • Paper Machine Operator
  • Paper Machine Tender
  • Paper Maker
  • Paper Making Machine Operator
  • Paper Plate Machine Tender
  • Paper Reclaiming Machine Operator
  • Paper Reel Operator
  • Paper Rewinder
  • Paper Roll Machine Operator
  • Paper Roller
  • Paper Ruler
  • Paper Supervisor
  • Paper Tube Machine Operator
  • Paper Winder
  • Paperboard Box Maker
  • Parts Runner
  • Plate Worker
  • Platen Press Operator
  • Pleating Machine Operator
  • Production Corrugator
  • Quad Stayer
  • Reeler
  • Rewinder Operator
  • Ring Making Machine Operator
  • Roll Reclaimer
  • Rotoformer Backtender
  • Sack Maker
  • Shell Machine Operator
  • Side Seam Machine Operator
  • Slide Machine Tender
  • Spiral Tube Winder
  • Stitching Machine Operator
  • Strap Folding Machine Operator
  • String Top Sealer
  • Tag Machine Operator
  • Valve Machine Operator
  • Valver
  • Winder Operator
  • Winderman


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Examine completed work to detect defects and verify conformance to work orders, and adjust machinery as necessary to correct production problems.
  • Start machines and move controls to regulate tension on pressure rolls, to synchronize speed of machine components, and to adjust temperatures of glue or paraffin.
  • Adjust guide assemblies, forming bars, and folding mechanisms according to specifications, using hand tools.
  • Install attachments to machines for gluing, folding, printing, or cutting.
  • Measure, space, and set saw blades, cutters, and perforators, according to product specifications.
  • Observe operation of various machines to detect and correct machine malfunctions such as improper forming, glue flow, or pasteboard tension.
  • Stamp products with information such as dates, using hand stamps or automatic stamping devices.
  • Place rolls of paper or cardboard on machine feed tracks, and thread paper through gluing, coating, and slitting rollers.
  • Fill glue and paraffin reservoirs, and position rollers to dispense glue onto paperboard.
  • Cut products to specified dimensions, using hand or power cutters.
  • Monitor finished cartons as they drop from forming machines into rotating hoppers and into gravity feed chutes to prevent jamming.
  • Disassemble machines to maintain, repair, or replace broken or worn parts, using hand or power tools.
  • 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.
  • Load automatic stapling mechanisms.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automatic stamping machines
  • Automatic stapling machines
  • Black and white laser printers
  • Book stitchers
  • Case making machines
  • Collator gatherers
  • Color laser printers
  • Combining machines
  • Commercial inkjet printers
  • Corrugated paper machines
  • Fully automatic binding machines
  • Guillotine paper cutters
  • Hand stamps
  • Mailing machines
  • Mallets
  • Paper drills
  • Paper padding presses
  • Paper slitter machines
  • Personal computers
  • Power folders
  • Power paper cutters
  • Power speed binders
  • Printing collators
  • Programmable cutters
  • Shrink wrap machines
  • Thermal book binding machines
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Objectif Lune PrintShop Mail
  • Quark software
  • Virtual Systems Mail-Shop


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220