- Communicate effectively using a full range of techniques: speaking; listening; writing; body language and presentation.
- Work safely on a paper machine and other specific areas of the mill, maintaining excellent housekeeping.
- Be aware of environmental controls and impact.
- Test the paper to site and customer specifications using a variety of testing equipment and methods.
- Take responsibility for decisions on quality.
- Prepare fresh water and primary and secondary fibres and test the properties of material.
- Operate machines such as mechanical pulpers, chemical pulpers, refiners, de-inkers and other such equipment to produce the specifications required for the paper machine for a specific sector.
- Produce machine stock through mixing of fibres, additives and colours.
- Control consistency, dilution, screening and cleaning of stock. •
- Control the use of chemical additives to enhance and improve paper properties utilizing sizing, starch, bleaching and brightening agents. •
- Control the use of chemicals to improve runnability such as de-foamers, fixatives and biocides.
- Carry out in-depth cleaning of chests, vats, silos, pits etc to an acceptable standard.
- Operate a paper machine for a specific sector.
- Carry out forming wire changes to the relevant paper machine.
- Mechanically drain paper by use of presses and by use of heat by drying and rolling of these.
- Test and evaluate the quality properties measured on the running paper and control any changes required.
- Carry out fabric and dry wire changes appropriate to the relevant paper machine.
- Prepare coatings according to formulae and utilize these according to customer paper specifications.
- Operate reel up systems for optimum reel.
- Operate slitting systems.
- Measure temperatures, pressures, speeds, and flows; carry out adjustments for any measurement out of specification.
- Carry out basic operator engineering maintenance such as lubrication, fitting of parts and changing filters etc.
- Carry out deep cleaning on a variety of equipment.
- • Use the lean tools and techniques to identify waste in stock preparation, paper machines and finishing.
- Able to identify areas for business improvement
- Carry out a continuous improvement project in a specific area to improve a process.
- Use KPIs as a tool for measuring performance.
- Systems and processes associated with exchange/recording of information required for the role.
- Site and process safety, environment and risk management systems.
- Compliance with statutory, industry and company health, safety and environmental regulations.
- Quality processes and procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the organization.
- Quality compliance requirements.
- Mechanical pulpers, chemical pulpers, refiners, de-inkers and other such equipment are used to produce optimal flow and required specifications.
- How fibres react with chemicals.
- Calculate optimal flow rates using chemicals.
- Flow in pipes.
- Vessels including holding and mixing.
- Chemical additives including process aids and functional aids.
- Fourdrinier, twin wire systems, multi ply, mould machines and other machines to produce paper for a specific sector.
- Control sheet forming and drainage through use of control settings of material flow and drainage components.
- Primary objectives of pressing.
- Types of presses.
- Press rolls.
- Press felts & dry wires.
- Drying Systems.
- Steam and Condensate Systems.
- Calandering systems to gain customer paper specifications.
- Reel up systems for optimum reel. • Slitting systems
- Lubrication systems.
- Basic Air systems.
- Pump systems.
- Basic Hydraulics
- Structures problem solving.
- Route cause analysis.
- Fault finding techniques.
- Basic electrical supply.
- Health and Safety.
- 8 Wastes.
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
- Process Flow Analysis.
- Problems Solving Techniques, 5s – Workplace Organization, Visual Management Systems.
- Standard Operating Procedures.
- Single Minute Exchange of Die.
Papermakers must also demonstrate:
- The required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace.
- Active promotion of positive safety behaviours at all times
- The ability to work effectively as an individual and as part of a team.
- Proactivity in finding solutions to problems.
- A commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
- A recognition and appreciation of equality and diversity in the workplace.
- The ability to handle change and respond to change management processes.
Apprentices without level 2 English and Mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.
Typically 36 months at Level 3
Professional Qualifications / Recognition
All apprentices will be required to achieve a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations or equivalent as a pre-requisite to taking the end-point assessment process.
Originally published on Gov.uk, this information has been re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.";