Paper and Wood Machine Operatives

Paper and wood machine operatives operate machines to treat and cut wood, to produce, treat and cut paper, paperboard, leatherboard, plasterboard and similar material, and to assemble and make wooden crates and containers.


New workers

New workers start around £18,686. Normal pay is £27,691 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £42,595.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 29,099 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Sets and adjusts edge guides, stops and blades of cutting machine, threads material through rollers or loads into machine hopper, starts and monitors operation of machine, removes completed work and clears machine of waste material.

  • Attends and operates ovens, kilns, milling, filtering, straining, calendering, coating, drying, finishing, winding and other machines to produce and/or treat wood, paper, paperboard, leatherboard and plasterboard.

  • Examines job requirements, ascertains necessary ingredients and loads machines to beat, mix and crush wood, cork and pulp for further processing.

  • Cuts and shapes wood using hand and power tools, assembles parts of wooden crates, barrels and other wooden containers using nails, bolts and staples, and fits metal strips and corner pieces to strengthen container as required.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Textiles

  • Garment Construction

  • Sewing

  • Pattern Making

  • Machinery

  • Grading (Landscape)

  • New Product Development

  • Cutting Tool (Machining)

  • Invoicing

  • Fashion Design

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Time Management

  • Organizational Skills

  • Collections

  • English Language

  • Enthusiasm

  • Willingness To Learn

  • Problem Solving

  • Calmness Under Pressure

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.