Occupation Profile for 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.


$31,490.00 Median Annual Wage 3,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
5.1 Average Unemployment Percentage 71.8 Percentage That Completed High School
113,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 23.9 Percentage That Had Some College
93,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 0.0 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Bag Machine Operator
Bag Machine Tender
Bag Maker
Bag Presser
Bag Valver
Bender Machine Operator
Bindery Machine Operator
Box Brander
Box Fabricator
Box Finisher
Box Folding Machine Operator
Box Liner
Box Machine Operator
Box Maker, Paperboard
Box Stamper
Card Folder
Carton Folder
Carton Forming Machine Operator
Carton Maker
Carton Making Machine Operator
Cellophane Bag Machine Operator
Convolute Tube Winder
Corrugator Operator
Crepe Machine Operator
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 Machine Operator
Folder Operator
Folding Machine Operator
Four Corner Former Machine Operator
Gluer Machine Setup Operator
Knife Operator
Label Folder
Lace Paper Machine Operator
Lining Folder
Machine Set-Up Operator, Paper Goods
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Mat Gauger
Matchbook Maker
Napkin 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 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 Tube Machine Operator
Paper Winder
Plate Worker
Platen Press Operator
Pleating Machine Operator
Quad Stayer
Rewinder Operator
Ring Making Machine Operator
Roll Reclaimer
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
Winder Operator

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Supplemental — Disassemble machines to maintain, repair, or replace broken or worn parts, using hand or power tools.
  • Core — Examine completed work to detect defects and verify conformance to work orders, and adjust machinery as necessary to correct production problems.
  • Supplemental — Remove finished cores, and stack or place them on conveyors for transfer to other work areas.
  • Core — 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.
  • Supplemental — Lift tote boxes of finished cartons, and dump cartons into feed hoppers.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.