Supervisor, Forest Products Processing
Mill Operations

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.

Education And Training

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.

Here is a complete list of Canadian Universities and Colleges.

This job is right for you if...

  • you want to live an oversized life in one of Canada’s beautiful forest communities
  • a sense of community is important to you
  • you like variety and learning new things
  • you want to make a difference working in a green job
  • you are confident
  • you see yourself as a leader
  • you are a team player who gets along with other trades
  • you want to work in work boots, not dress shoes


Earning Potential

Per Hour

This is the high end of the Canadian average. In some areas, senior mill supervisors make more than $52 per hour.


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