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Machinist/Roll Grinder Repair

Country:  United States
Country/Region:  Un
City:  Cloquet


Career Opportunity


Sappi North America is a division of Sappi Limited, a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with manufacturing operations on four continents in nine countries with sales offices in 50 countries. The Cloquet Mill, located on the banks of the St. Louis River, produces some of the highest quality heavyweight web and sheet fed products in the world.  The original mill opened in 1898 and has undergone a variety of changes and improvements over the years, most-recently (2013) to convert the pulp mill into a producer of Verve, a dissolving wood pulp used primarily for the textile markets. With the conversion, the pulp mill is now able to swing between dissolving wood pulp and Kraft pulp based on market needs.  With a focus on responsible and sustainable operations, the Cloquet Mill is focused on energy savings improvements which have led to local, state, and national environmental recognition.


Position (job title):  Machinist / Mechanic

Work Site:  Mill Cloquet 


The primary role of the Machinist / Roll Grinder Repair is to work in the Roll Repair shop repairing and troubleshooting rolls removed for time and failure, and performing Roll PM's and housekeeping as needed. This position also provides vacation relief for the Roll Grinder Operators (Roll Grinder Operators work a rotating shift).


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work safely and follow all safety guidelines provided (LOTO, PPE, Cardinal rules).
  • Participate in pre-shift meetings and safety talks.
  • Operate the Roll grinder with efficiency and accuracy.
  • Accurately log roll profiles and diameters in roll history when roll grinding is complete.
  • Read and understand mechanical blueprints and drawings.
  • Remove and inspect bearings for damage and reuse.
  • Set bearings using the SKF drive up method as well as using feeler gauges.
  • Operate manual machine shop equipment (lathe, mill, drill press, key broacher, balancer).
  • Work from a weekly schedule and the roll grinder priority.
  • Operate overhead cranes to move rolls and perform roll maintenance.
  • Organize and clean roll pasture areas.
  • Assist on machine down days and emergency break in work.
  • Use SAP to order parts, enter time, write notifications, and close work orders.
  • Utilize checklists to ensure quality assurance when work is complete.
  • Work four days on four days off rotating Days and nights shift when covering Roll Grinder.
  • Participate in required training.
  • Perform housekeeping and organization.


Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Participate on RCFA teams to determine failure modes and prevent reoccurrence.
  • Keep an open line of communication between Supervisor and fellow Team members.
  • Work in Roll Shop when not operating Roll Grinder.
  • Work with vendors to order parts and supplies as needed.
  • Weld roll parts for repair and fabrication.



  • Two year technical degree or two years mechanical/machine shop experience.
  • Work in a team environment.
  • Be a self starter and be able to work alone.
  • Strong mechanical ability.
  • Good computer skills (excel, word, power point, outlook, SAP)
  • Understand machine shop equipment and operation.
  • Ability to read blue prints.
  • Be able to inspect and set bearings.
  • Ability to work with a variety of hand tools, power tools, and precision measuring equipment.


HR Contact for Questions:  Danna Carol Skull 

Contact Information:  218-879-0623 , 

Sappi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Sappi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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