Clearwater Paper Corporation

Back Tender / Paper Machine Tender - (Shelby Expansion)

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Clearwater Paper Corporation is seeking experienced Machine Tenders and Back Tenders to support paper machine operations in our Shelby, NC plant.  Successful candidates will have a minimum s of one (1) year,  High School diploma or GED, and knowledge of manufacturing processes. A combination of experience in the following areas is also desirable: Demonstrate personal safety awareness and promote a safe work environment. Willing to work rotating shifts/overtime. 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.  Ability to communicate effectively in a team or self-directed work environment.


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
  • Familiar with DCS for Machine Operations
  • Familiar with Wet end and Dry end components of a Paper Machine
  • Understand operations of a small gas fired Boiler – boiler startup and boiler water testing
  • Adjust Paper Machine Process To Maintain Quality Centerlines Of Paper
  • Direct Team Members In Daily Operations Of Paper Machine
  • Assist Quality Department during trials
  • Train Team Members in Paper Making Process and Back Tender Responsibilities
  • Perform Responsibilities as a Relief Control Room Operator
  • 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
  • Manage Team on down Days If in Control Room operator position
  • Able To Prioritize Several Situations At Once
  • Other duties as assigned


Required qualifications and competencies:


  • High school education or GED required
  • 2-5 years experience working as Back Tender 
  • Problem solving ability
  • Good reading, writing and verbal skills
  • Leadership ability
  • Basic 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


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.






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