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51-3092.00 - Food Batchmakers

Set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.

Sample of reported job titles: Batching Operator, Blender, Brewing Technician, Compounder, Dough Scaler and Mixer, Machine Operator, Mixer, Process Operator, Processing Operator, Syrup Maker

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Record production and test data for each food product batch, such as the ingredients used, temperature, test results, and time cycle. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Follow recipes to produce food products of specified flavor, texture, clarity, bouquet, or color. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up, operate, and tend equipment that cooks, mixes, blends, or processes ingredients in the manufacturing of food products, according to formulas or recipes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix or blend ingredients, according to recipes, using a paddle or an agitator, or by controlling vats that heat and mix ingredients. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and sterilize vats and factory processing areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select and measure or weigh ingredients, using English or metric measures and balance scales. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn valve controls to start equipment and to adjust operation to maintain product quality. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Press switches and turn knobs to start, adjust, and regulate equipment such as beaters, extruders, discharge pipes, and salt pumps. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe gauges and thermometers to determine if the mixing chamber temperature is within specified limits, and turn valves to control the temperature. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe and listen to equipment to detect possible malfunctions, such as leaks or plugging, and report malfunctions or undesirable tastes to supervisors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill processing or cooking containers, such as kettles, rotating cookers, pressure cookers, or vats, with ingredients, by opening valves, by starting pumps or injectors, or by hand. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Grade food products according to government regulations or according to type, color, bouquet, and moisture content. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test food product samples for moisture content, acidity level, specific gravity, or butter-fat content, and continue processing until desired levels are reached. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Modify cooking and forming operations based on the results of sampling processes, adjusting time cycles and ingredients to achieve desired qualities, such as firmness or texture. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect vats after cleaning to ensure that fermentable residue has been removed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine, feel, and taste product samples during production to evaluate quality, color, texture, flavor, and bouquet, and document the results. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine mixing sequences, based on knowledge of temperature effects and of the solubility of specific ingredients. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect and pack the final product. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Manipulate products, by hand or using machines, to separate, spread, knead, spin, cast, cut, pull, or roll products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Give directions to other workers who are assisting in the batchmaking process. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate refining machines to reduce the particle size of cooked batches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Formulate or modify recipes for specific kinds of food products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place products on carts or conveyors to transfer them to the next stage of processing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cool food product batches on slabs or in water-cooled kettles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Homogenize or pasteurize material to prevent separation or to obtain prescribed butterfat content, using a homogenizing device. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Cheese making machine — Centrifugal clarifiers; Cheese finishing tables; Cheese presses; Cheese vats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use broilers — Food broilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use deep fryers — Deep-fry cookers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use dough machines — Dough processing machines; Extruders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food warmers — Food heating cabinets; Heating tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use high pressure steamers — Steam-cooking vats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use jacketed tilting kettle — Tilting commercial cooking kettles; Water-cooled kettles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use microwave ovens — Microwave drying machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use mixers — Agitators; Beaters; Cooker mixers; Cream beaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use ranges — Candy cookers; Candy stoves; Chocolate melters; Commercial induction cookers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use rolling pins — Levelers; Sizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use scales — Balance scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cooling machine — Cooling tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cream separator — Commercial cream separators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cutting machinery — Cheese cutters; Roller cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dehydrating machinery — Evaporators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic kitchen or food thermometers — Digital kitchen thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filling machinery — Liquid filling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Food sterilizing machine — Food sterilizing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forming machine — Sausage machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Homogenizers — Commercial use homogenizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ice cream machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Kettle lifters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual meat tenderizer — Meat tenderizing tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metering or injection or proportioning pumps — Depositing pumps; Injector pumps; Metered transfer pumps; Revolving pan depositors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machinery — Ball mills; Flour milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Packaging vacuum — Vacuum packagers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pushcarts — Kettle dollies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slicing machinery — Meat cutting machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sorting machinery — Vibrating tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Plex Systems Plex Manufacturing Cloud See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Edible Software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Select production input materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct operational or production activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate quality of food ingredients or prepared foods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Shape clay or dough to create products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cooking, baking, or other food preparation equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Package products for storage or shipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate mixing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect food products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sterilize food cooking or processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine food production methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 64% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 55% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 60% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 61% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 53% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 56% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 38% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 36% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 47% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 39% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 35% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 30% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 29% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 24% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 30% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
86   High school diploma or equivalent Help
12   Less than high school diploma
2   Some college, no degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Life Sciences — Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $12.87 hourly, $26,770 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 105,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 34,200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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