Careers: Heavy Equipment Operators in Saw, Pulp, and Paper Mills

Heavy Equipment Operators in Saw, Pulp, and Paper Mills

This job is right for you if….

You like activities that include practical, hands-on problem solutions.

Fast Facts:

Approximately 426,600 workers were employed in this occupation in 2016. 

Basic Skills:

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work-related information


  • Operate heavy equipment in compliance with the company’s operating safety policies and procedures. 
  • Ensure company equipment, material, and the worksite are maintained, kept clean, and stored in a safe manner. Collect and dispose of scrap, excess materials, and refuse
  • Provide recommendations for maintaining and improving environmental performance

What They Do:

Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as bulldozers, front-end loaders, forklifts, backhoes, dump trucks, cargo trucks, and/or hydraulic truck cranes.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative

Median Hourly Earnings:

$ 23

Job Types Include:

  • Heavy Machine Operator  
  • Paper Machine Operator

Maine Based Resources To Get Training: Adhesive Bonding Machine Operator

Entry-Level Education 


Currently, there are several vocational trade schools that have specialized classes in industrial manufacturing. 

Maine Community College System

Community Colleges offer programs that may be of interest to a prospective machinist operator or associated worker (i.e., anyone with interest in manufacturing) Programs vary from welding to equipment operation, and more. 

University of Maine- Mechanical Engineering

Maine Maritime Academy – Mechanical Engineering

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