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Forest products processing supervisors lead teams who operate pulp and paper mills, paper-converting mills, sawmills, planing mills, and plywood, waferboard, and other wood and paper products mills. One of their biggest responsibilities is to make sure that people are doing their jobs properly as they execute the hi-tech processing tasks in mills.
To become a supervisor in a mill, you will need technical training covering some or all of the complex processes in the mill. Learning on the job and building your seniority in the mill is essential as well. As you gain experience, you may also act as a mentor and trainer to other staff. Your career track could see you move into senior managerial, design, advanced control, training or sales positions.
Getting a high school diploma or an equivalent qualification is usually required. A college diploma in pulp and paper technology or a related discipline, like process control technology, may be required for some pulp and paper supervisor positions. Earning certificates, like lumber grading, industrial first aid and competency in natural gas, can enhance your prospects for promotion.