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Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

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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.

    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
    • Operation 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 $30,860/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $14.84/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 890
    • Yearly Projected Openings 100
    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:
    • 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
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.