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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.   (O'Net 51-9196.00)

 
Reported job 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
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 13.29   $ 15.19   $ 17.42   $ 20.12   $ 22.72   $ 17.52  
    Yearly $27,630   $31,590   $36,230   $41,850   $47,270   $36,430  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 14.99   $ 16.21   $ 18.27   $ 21.09   $ 23.06   $ 18.36  
    Yearly $31,180   $33,710   $38,000   $43,870   $47,960   $38,190  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 108 101 -0.7% 2
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Paper manufacturing 84.0%
    Printing and related support activities 6.4%
    Publishing industries (except Internet) 1.9%
    Administrative and support services 1.7%
    Food manufacturing 1.7%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders  updated December 2006
     


    Knowledge
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders  updated December 2006
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders  updated December 2006
     


    Work Activities
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  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Developing and Building Teams - Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders  updated December 2006
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders  updated December 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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    source: Occupational Information Network: Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders  updated December 2006
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 
     

     
     
     
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