Paper Machine Tender

Date Posted: September 12, 2018
Clearwater Paper
Shelby, NC
Category: Machine Operation
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 in Shelby NC has exciting career opportunities in our paper machine operation.  Successful candidates will have a minimum of two (2) years of industrial manufacturing experience, High School diploma or GED, and knowledge of mechanical processes.  This position will work 12 hour shifts, rotating with 2 days on, 2 nights on and 4 days off.  The work week rolls forward each week.  This position includes the need to work OT when necessary.

A combination of experience in the following areas is also desirable: Demonstrating personal safety awareness and promoting a safe work environment, Willingness to work rotating shifts and overtime, Ability to communicate effectively in a team or self-driven environment, Good mechanical and troubleshooting skills, solid computer skills, operate high speed equipment after an initial training period. Paper machine, converting, or other process related experience is also preferred.

Clearwater Paper offers competitive pay, opportunities for advancement, an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 401(k) plan with employer match, a wellness program, tuition reimbursement and others.


Key responsibilities are not limited, but include:

  • Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Familiar with Lockout/Tagout policies as well as Confine Space policies
  • Assist with control room operating duties, such as blade changes and machine sheet breaks
  • Examine completed work to detect defects and verify conformance to work orders, and adjust machinery or notify appropriate individuals as necessary to correct production problems
  • Assist in Continuous Improvement projects, such as 5S events and Kaizens
  • Assist during maintenance outages and felt and wire changes
  • Move finished rolls, chemicals or other materials to and from storage or production areas and loading docks with material handling equipment
  • Learn DCS for Machine Operations
  • Learn Wet end and Dry end components of a Paper Machine
  • Support operations of a small gas fired Boiler – boiler startup and boiler water testing
  • Adjust Paper Machine Process To Maintain Quality Centerlines Of Paper
  • Assist Quality Department during trials
  • Enter Work Orders Into JDE Work Order System To Identify Equipment In Need Of Repairs
  • Work With Maintenance and E&I Department in Completing Work Orders
  • Able To Prioritize Several Situations At Once
  • Other duties as assigned


Required qualifications and competencies:

  •  High school education or GED required
  • At least 1 year of industrial manufacturing experience
  • Problem solving ability
  • Solid communication skills including reading, writing and verbal skills
  • Leadership ability
  • Computer skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Team Player
  •  Self-Motivated

Additional experience preferred:

  • Achievement of technical skills in all positions on the paper machine
  • Prior DCS (Distributive Control System) experience
  • Tissue paper experience
  • Mechanical proficiency

This position requires working in all areas of the paper machine. Lifting, bending will be required. The area is hot and loud. There are slipping, tripping and falling hazards, as well as in running nips and suspended loads. Compressed air, steam, lubrication oil and hydraulic fluid will be used in the paper
machine area. Travel for this position is minimal, but may be occasionally required. Overtime is required to complete critical tasks and meet deadlines.

How to Apply

Complete the application on the Clearwater Paper website.