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Paper technologist

Paper technologists design and test the equipment and processes used in making paper, tissue and cardboard.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a degree in chemistry or engineering or an HND in a subject like applied science (Chemistry).

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

You could get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship.   

The Confederation of Paper Industries has more information about becoming a paper technician.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • IT skills
  • the ability to analyse and interpret test results
  • the ability to solve problems

3. What you'll do

You’ll be:

  • coordinating trials of new products
  • investigating the best way to combine raw materials, chemicals and additives for a particular product
  • measuring how different factors affect the manufacturing process, like liquid temperatures and pressures
  • analysing and interpreting laboratory and trial production test results
  • monitoring quality control to make sure products meet customer requirements, like correct colour and finish

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £22,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: Up to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work shifts covering 40 hours a week, which may include nights and weekends. In a senior role, you’ll work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, although you’ll still be on-call to attend any out-of-hours problems.

Your working day will be split between the office, laboratory and production areas of the mill.

Conditions in some parts of the mill may be hot, humid and noisy.

You’ll wear protective clothing.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a production manager or specialist researcher.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016