Assistant Dryend – Sappi Tugela Mill

Sappi Tugela Mill based in MandeniKZN, requires an Assistant : Dryend to assist production in reducing overtime by providing leave/training relief.


This role reports to the Production Foreman

The main responsibilities of this job are:

  • Takes and hands over the shift.
  • Prepares the section for start-up or shut down according to best operating practice (BOP).
  • Assists the Dryerman start-up starting the Dryer Sections according to BOP.
  • Operates Pope Equipment to turn up and remove jumbos when required.
  • Feeds tail during start-up together with Dryerman and other crew members.
  • Operates the Semi-Goliath crane to remove finished jumbo reels from the Pope Section to the Kitchen Rail.
  • Controls repulper level and consistency and transfers broke to broke chest.
  • Visually checks jumbo reels for defects and reports to the Dryerman.
  • Takes jumbo quality samples when required.
  • Assists with clothing changes and rope changes.
  • Checks and removes broke from the machine including basement & ropes to minimise risks as per BOP.
  • Plans activities so that section runs continuously.
  • Use DCS to operate the dry end re-pulper.
  • Assist machine man and process controllers with opening, closing and isolation of valves.
  • Scrapping of cylinders when the plant stops for general
  • Operate the Dry end conveyor.
  • Ensure that the break detectors are cleaned on a daily basis. 
  • Carries out unplanned/planned tasks on instruction from the Foreman.
  • Understand & comply with all SHEQ requirements of the job.
  • Carries out BBS Observations.
  • Maintains a high level of good housekeeping in the workplace at all times.


The ideal candidate should have:

  • N3 Pulp & Paper (4 subjects)
  • 3 months experience as Process Trainee

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