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Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment filter presses shaker screens centrifuges condenser tubes precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks scrubbing towers or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators.

    Work Activities
    • Dump, pour, or load specified amounts of refined or unrefined materials into equipment or containers for further processing or storage.
    • Operate machines to process materials in compliance with applicable safety, energy, or environmental regulations.
    • Monitor material flow or instruments such as temperature or pressure gauges, indicators, or meters to ensure optimal processing conditions.
    • Turn valves or move controls to admit, drain, separate, filter, clarify, mix, or transfer materials.
    • Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.
    • Examine samples to verify qualities such as clarity, cleanliness, consistency, dryness, or texture.
    • Start agitators, shakers, conveyors, pumps, or centrifuge machines.
    • Inspect machines or equipment for hazards, operating efficiency, malfunctions, wear, or leaks.
    • Measure or weigh materials to be refined, mixed, transferred, stored, or otherwise processed.
    • Test samples to determine viscosity, acidity, specific gravity, or degree of concentration, using test equipment such as viscometers, pH meters, or hydrometers.
    • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.
    • Communicate processing instructions to other workers.
    • Turn valves to pump sterilizing solutions or rinse water through pipes or equipment or to spray vats with atomizers.
    • Maintain logs of instrument readings, test results, or shift production for entry in computer databases.
    • Install, maintain, or repair hoses, pumps, filters, or screens to maintain processing equipment, using hand tools.
    • Remove clogs, defects, or impurities from machines, tanks, conveyors, screens, or other processing equipment.
    • Clean or sterilize tanks, screens, inflow pipes, production areas, or equipment, using hoses, brushes, scrapers, or chemical solutions.
    • Connect pipes between vats and processing equipment.
    • Assemble fittings, valves, bowls, plates, disks, impeller shafts, or other parts to prepare equipment for operation.
    • Remove full containers from discharge outlets and replace them with empty containers.
    • Pack bottles into cartons or crates, using machines.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • 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.

    • 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.

    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.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $41,470/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $19.94/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,900
    • Yearly Projected Openings 190
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Socket sets
    • Screwdrivers
    • Floor or platform scales
    • Claw hammer
    • Adjustable wrenches
    Technology
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    Tags
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.