Entry Level Operator Paper Machine

Date Posted: October 6, 2021
Clearwater Paper
Shelby, NC
Category: Operations
Job Type: Hourly

Clearwater Paper

Company Description

Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting and cutting. At Clearwater Paper, we're dedicated to the success of our customers and our employees. If you're looking for a sense of purpose, teamwork, and a leading company that's growing fast, we're looking for you.

Job Description


Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) is a $1.8B manufacturer of quality consumer tissue, away from home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at its 13 manufacturing and converting locations across the nation. Working at Clearwater Paper provides an opportunity to enrich your career through challenging and meaningful work and ongoing training and development—all in a supportive environment. We know our success depends on your success.

Our Shelby, NC location produces and converts the tissue or paper used in private label bath and facial tissue for grocery stores across the U.S. The Paper Machine Entry Level Operator is the first level position in the Paper Machine department, focused primarily on observing and monitoring the paper process at the Dry End of the Machine.  This position often works as an assistant to the Dry End Operator. All Internal Employees  must submit an online Application and submit a Supervisory Approval Form.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Operational and Quality Control

  • Maintain core delivery to the paper machine
  • Monitor and maintain roll movement through conveyors and wrapper on the paper machine
  • Operate the wrapper machine to poly wrap finished rolls
  • Maintain label machine and label all paper rolls correctly
  • Interface with Laser Guided Vehicles (LGV’s) for parent roll pickup
  • Handle all equipment within the position’s responsibility
  • Assist during maintenance outages
  • Maintain quality standards

Safety and Housekeeping

  • Hold self and others to high level of safety standards, ensuring workplace safety policies are upheld and safety rules are followed (lockout/tagout procedures, confine spaces, appropriate PPE)
  • Participate as needed in safety incidents and help investigate root cause
  • Maintain a clean working environment by complying with procedures and housekeeping responsibilities
  • Pick up debris/excess tissue, plastic wrap, etc.
  • Sweep and use air hoses to blow down tissue particles from in and around the machine


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • 2+ years of experience working in industrial production preferred
  • Forklift/Clamp truck certification preferred
  • Paper Manufacturing experience preferred


  • Able to understand and comply with all safety procedures (lockout/tagout, confine spaces, personal protective equipment, etc.) preferred

Illustrative Essential Functions

  • Able to work in a physically demanding environment including temperature extremes, loud noise, avoiding slipping, tripping, and falling hazards
  • Physically capable of manual labor that includes bending, walking, reaching, and climbing in and around machinery and equipment
  • Able to lift, up to 40 lbs frequently, between 40 and 50 lbs occasionally, over 50 lbs minimally.  When lifting 50 lbs and above, Operator will use team lifting and overhead crane assistance
  • Work environment includes exposure to compressed air, steam, lubrication oil, dust, and hydraulic fluid
  • Able to wear and comply with all personal protective equipment (Eye and ear protection, steel toed shoes, face masks, etc.)
  • Able to work a 12-hour rotating shift including nights, weekends, and Holidays.  Able to work overtime as needed.
    Example of rotating shift schedule:
    Day 1: 6:00am – 6:30pm
    Day 2: 6:00am – 6:30pm
    Day 3: 6:00pm – 6:30am
    Day 4: 6:00pm – 6:30am
    4 days off

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the duties, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be requested by employees with disabilities, to enable them to perform the essential functions.  The Company is committed to engaging in an interactive dialogue with employees relating to reasonable accommodations.

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