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Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Record temperatures, amounts of materials processed, or test results on report forms.
    • Monitor pressure gauges, ammeters, flowmeters, thermometers, or products, and adjust controls to maintain specified conditions, such as feed rate, product consistency, temperature, air pressure, and machine speed.
    • Read dials and gauges on panel control boards to ascertain temperatures, alkalinities, and densities of mixtures, and turn valves to obtain specified mixtures.
    • Measure or weigh specified amounts of ingredients or materials, and load them into tanks, vats, hoppers, or other equipment.
    • Adjust machine or freezer speed and air intake to obtain desired consistency and amount of product.
    • Start machinery, such as pumps, feeders, or conveyors, and turn valves to heat, admit, or transfer products, refrigerants, or mixes.
    • Weigh packages and adjust freezer air valves or switches on filler heads to obtain specified amounts of product in each container.
    • Correct machinery malfunctions by performing actions such as removing jams, and inform supervisors of malfunctions as necessary.
    • Inspect and flush lines with solutions or steam, and spray equipment with sterilizing solutions.
    • Sample and test product characteristics such as specific gravity, acidity, and sugar content, using hydrometers, pH meters, or refractometers.
    • Load and position wrapping paper, sticks, bags, or cartons into dispensing machines.
    • Start agitators to blend contents, or start beater, scraper, and expeller blades to mix contents with air and prevent sticking.
    • Assemble equipment, and attach pipes, fittings, or valves, using hand tools.
    • Place or position containers into equipment, and remove containers after completion of cooling or freezing processes.
    • Scrape, dislodge, or break excess frost, ice, or frozen product from equipment to prevent accumulation, using hands and hand tools.
    • Activate mechanical rakes to regulate flow of ice from storage bins to vats.
    • Stir material with spoons or paddles to mix ingredients or allow even cooling and prevent coagulation.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

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

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    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).

    • 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.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    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.

    • English Language

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

    • Mechanical

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

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 39630/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.05/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 900
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Leadership
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Refrigerant compressors
    • Heat exchangers
    • Evaporative coolers
    • Chemical tanks
    • Blast freezers

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Presentation software
    • Electronic mail software

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