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

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Corrugator Operator
  • Cup Room Technician
  • Folder Machine Operator
  • Gluer Operator
  • Paper Cutter Operator
  • Paper Machine Backtender
  • Paper Machine Operator
  • Stitching Machine Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-9000 Other Production Occupations
51-9190 Miscellaneous Production Workers
51-9196.00 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Allied Trades Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Machinist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Envelope-Fold-Mach Adjuster
  • Machine Set-Up Oper, Paper

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Box-Folding-Machine Operator
  • Convolute-Tube Winder
  • Envelope-Folding-Machine Adjuster
  • Machine Set-Up Operator, Paper Goods
  • Spiral-Tube Winder