Pencil Maker

The tasks of a Pencil Maker is expected to perform include:

Making of wood-encased pencils

Weighing and mixing material such as graphite, china clay, chalk, colouring pigment, etc.

Mixing material according to formulae

Passing mixture through rollers of grinding or milling machine

Placing milled graphite or clay mixture in cylinder of hydraulic extrusion press

Starting machine which presses mixture through extrusion dies forming pencil leads

Storing extruded leads in drying chambers

Cutting dried leads to pencil length using gauze and hand lever knife

Packing cut leads in furnace chambers and treating them with controlled heat

Impregnating baked leads by placing them in container with suspended and partly submerged molten wax or grease

Placing wood slats into automatic machine

Placing leads in grooves of glued slat

Feeding pressed slats into automatic machine which shapes out pencil

Applying paint, stamps, maker's name and other identifying data

Giving final polish

Examining the finished pencils for defects

Knowledge of pencil making process

Well-versed with operating pencil making machines

Familiar with pencil making ingredients like graphite, china clay, chalk, colouring pigment, dyestuff, etc.

Adept at mixing material such as graphite, china clay, chalk, colouring pigment, etc.

Ability to examine finished pencils for defects

Will be updated

Eye for detail

Ability to follow instructions

Dexterity of hands


Diligent and hardworking

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Factories usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours every day. This may vary from factory to factory

Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL), Lost Vision (LV) and

Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include spinal pain, hand and leg pain, irritation in eyes, minor cuts, bruises, etc.

Health risks include exposure to wooden dust, colour, dying process, polish, sharp tools, etc.

For freshers - INR 150 to INR 200 per day

For candidates with 2-3 years of experience - INR 200 to INR 250 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Pencil Making Industry in India

Manufacturers are always finding new ways to enhance their value sales. The new strategy used by most manufacturers involved some innovative consumer packaging strategies. Many manufacturers launched pens in sets of three and five in order to drive sales. For instance, Linc Pens and Pencils launched a pack of three priced at 20 for the Indian market. A similar strategy was used by other brands, such as Reynolds and Cello.

In 2013, Hindustan Pencils continued to lead writing instruments with a value share of 10%. The companys position can be largely attributed to the pan-Indian presence of its Nataraj and Apsara brands. The company also launched various writing accessory products under the Nataraj brand. The company has maintained its leading category position mainly thanks to its strong distribution network and the brand loyalty consumers have towards its flagship brand Nataraj, which is almost considered synonymous with pencils in India

The writing instruments category in India will be driven by an increasing population, which is the second largest in the world. Almost 65% of the population are also under the age of 35. The potential market for companies providing educational services is thus immense, compared with other nations. The literacy rate in India will drive sales further. As the industry grows, so will the job opportunities for Pencil Maker.

Pencil manufacturing companies across India

Towns and cities across India