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 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Go Back to List
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.
 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 feedtracks, 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.
     
     Skills
     
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
     Knowledge
     
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
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     Education & Training
     
      Education:   These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
      Related 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.
     
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide Units $37,499 $18.03  $13.04  $14.94 - $21.37 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $40,154 $19.30  $15.81  $16.31 - $21.91 
    Hartford $43,923 $21.12  $15.75  $16.77 - $25.89 
    New Haven $27,043 $13.00  $9.62  $9.90 - $15.70 
    New London/Norwich $41,593 $20.00  $14.89  $15.83 - $22.56 
    Waterbury $27,559 $13.25  $9.55  $10.09 - $16.30 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2010 - 2020 )
     
    Average Annual Job Openings:   8
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, and the number of annual openings will offer limited job opportunities.
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