Manufacturing & Production

Paper Technologist

Paper technologists design and test the equipment and processes involved in the production of paper, cardboard and other paper products.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Paper Technologist do?

Paper technologists design and test the equipment and processes involved in the production of paper, cardboard and other paper products.

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Work activities

As a paper technologist, you would:

  • work with raw materials such as recycled paper, wood pulp or plant-based fibres
  • investigate the best way to combine raw materials, chemicals and additives for a particular product
  • turn raw materials into a variety of products such as tissue, cardboard, newsprint or high-quality art paper
  • measure how different factors affect the manufacturing process, such as liquid temperatures and pressures
  • coordinate trials of new products
  • analyse and interpret laboratory and trial production test results
  • write technical reports
  • monitor quality control to make sure products meet customer requirements, such as correct colour and finish
  • check that finished products meet industry safety and quality standards.
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Key skills and interests

To become a paper technologist, you would need:

  • a keen interest in science and technology
  • good teamwork skills
  • IT skills
  • effective verbal and written communication skills
  • the ability to analyse and interpret data and test results
  • the ability to solve problems.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would work a standard number of hours, Monday to Friday, although you may also be required to be on-call to attend to any out-of-hours problems.

Conditions

Your working day would be split between the office, laboratory and production areas of a paper mill / factory. Conditions in some parts of the mill may be hot, humid and noisy. You would be expected to wear protective clothing in the laboratory and on the factory floor.

The majority of paper production facilities in Australia are located in rural and regional areas.

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How to become an Paper Technologist?

Entry Level Education

To become a paper technologist, you would usually need to gain a degree in an area such as science, organic chemistry, physics or engineering.

You may have an advantage finding work if you also have some experience of manufacturing or laboratory work.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of paper technologist in Australia is expected to continue to decline or at best, remain static.

Employment in paper, cardboard and tissue manufacturing plants in Australasia has declined over the last decade. Decreasing use of paper, and the decline of the Australian manufacturing sector generally, will continue to further limit opportunities for paper technologists.

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