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Hands-on Pa​permaking

WIST education, including this hands-on course is now offered in partnership with TAPPI. Complete information including online registration information is available here.



This two-day class features morning classroom sessions followed by afternoon sessions of guided exercises operating the UW-Stevens Point Fourdrinier pilot paper machine. This combination has proven to be a highly effective and enjoyable way to gain fundamental knowledge of the commercial papermaking process. 


This WIST course is designed for anyone who needs the basics, transferred from another industry, is new to operations, does maintenance, or supervises employees. 


With class size always limited to 16 or fewer participants, there is ample opportunity for questions and discussion during classroom sessions and hands-on opportunity on the paper machine. 


The course runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; lunch and break refreshments are included each day.


Classroom sessions:

  • History of paper making
  • Wood fiber and other structures
  • Chemical composition of wood
  • Tree anatomy: hardwoods and softwoods
  • Wood harvesting and handling operations
  • Pulping: mechanical, chemical and hybrid
  • Bleaching
  • Stock preparation
  • Papermaking equipment
  • Properties of paper: physical, strength and optical
  • Additives and coatings
  • Forming fabrics
  • Calenders, reels and winders
  • Recycling and de-inking
  • Corrugating equipment

Hands-on Sessions:


Participants operate the university's Fourdrinier pilot paper machine, guided by WIST staff and Paper Science and Engineering faculty.


Your instructors for Hands-on Papermaking are Dr. Gerry Ring, professor emeritus and former chair of the UW-Stevens Point Paper Science & Engineering Department and Dr. Karyn Biasca, chair of the UW-Stevens Point Paper Science & Engineering Department. 

Next Course Dates: December 3-4, 2015. Register online now.​

This course is capped at 16 participants -- Click here to register​ early​​ to ensure your place in the course and save $400 off the full registration rate.


Location: The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is conveniently located a 25-minute drive from Central Wisconsin Airport. The Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website​ has lodging information and other area information.​


Don't miss this opportunity to take this popular and highly rated course.


Participants in this course have consistently given it high ratings overall and overwhelming said they would recommend this course to others. Evaluation comments included:


"Great way for someone new to paper or a seasoned professional to obtain the skills needed to be successful." Cory Nackers, Account Manager, Expera Specialty Solutions


"Effective, well-paced and a bunch of fun."Brian Koepp, BPM Incorporated




"I enjoyed this course because it was informative and hands-on. Friendly staff and comfortable work environment."J. Ingram, Neenah Papers Inc.


Register Online Now​