Part-time Distance Education
Ontario College Certificate
Campus: Sault Ste. Marie
Program Code: 5075


The Pulp and Papermaking Operations program is most valuable if you are already working in the pulp and papermaking industry and wish to improve your knowledge of pulp and papermaking processes for personal satisfaction or employment advancement.

With the rapid changes in responsibility coupled with downsizing, many employers have expressed a desire to utilize better-trained, more knowledgeable workers. Graduates of this program possess knowledge of all important processes used in this varied and large industry.

Some courses are offered online via the internet, while others are offered independent study. Online courses begin every January, May and September. Independent study courses are print-based and can be started anytime.

This program is available on a course by course basis. Students may choose to complete one or more courses each semester. Students in this program are not eligible for OSAP funding. Courses within this program must be completed within 7 years, unless otherwise specified.


OEL815 - 3 Applied Resource Calculations
PPE110 - 4 Paper Manufacture
PPE121 - 4 Introduction to Pulp and Paper Testing
PPE157 - 4 Pulp and Paper Science
PPE164 - 3 Environmental Control
PPE166 - 3 Paper Quality
PPE368 - 5 Finishing and Converting Operations

Choose one group of electives that suits your paper mill pulping process:

  • PPE112-5  Raw Materials and Mechanical Pulping Process AND
  • PPE122-4 Screening, Cleaning and Bleaching - Mechanical Pulps


  • PPE156-5  Raw Materials and Chemical Pulping Process AND
  • PPE123-4 Screening, Cleaning and Bleaching - Chemical Pulps

Requirements & Program Information

Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Grade 12 English (ENG4C) or mature student status, with a background in science and mathematics.

Clinical/Lab and Field Placement Requirements

You must have access to lab facilities in a pulp and/or paper mill for PPE121 Introduction to Pulp and Paper Testing.

Career Path

While graduates may find employment at entry-level positions in pulp and paper mills, this program will be most beneficial to those already employed in the industry, or to technical sales/service personnel who call on mills throughout the country.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

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