• Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 41,700
    $28,750 range bar $56,660
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Slow Growing
  • 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.

What do they typically do

  • Measure, space, and set saw blades, cutters, and perforators according to product specifications
  • Examine completed work to find defects and make sure it conforms to work orders, and adjust machinery as necessary to correct production problems
  • Place rolls of paper or cardboard on machine feed tracks, and thread paper through gluing, coating, and slitting rollers
  • Install attachments to machines for gluing, folding, printing, or cutting
  • Stamp products with information such as dates using hand stamps or automatic stamping devices
  • Adjust guide assemblies, forming bars, and folding mechanisms according to specifications, using hand tools
  • Observe operation of machines to find and correct machine malfunctions like improper forming, glue flow, or pasteboard tension
  • Start machines and move controls to regulate tension on pressure rolls, synchronize speed of machine components, and adjust glue or paraffin temperatures

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.4%
Job Openings 678

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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