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Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

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Operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment, including hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.

    Work Activities
    • Take product samples during or after processing for laboratory analyses.
    • Observe, feel, taste, or otherwise examine products during and after processing to ensure conformance to standards.
    • Set temperature and time controls, light ovens, burners, driers, or roasters, and start equipment, such as conveyors, cylinders, blowers, driers, or pumps.
    • Observe temperature, humidity, pressure gauges, and product samples and adjust controls, such as thermostats and valves, to maintain prescribed operating conditions for specific stages.
    • Observe flow of materials and listen for machine malfunctions, such as jamming or spillage, and notify supervisors if corrective actions fail.
    • Test products for moisture content, using moisture meters.
    • Record production data, such as weight and amount of product processed, type of product, and time and temperature of processing.
    • Weigh or measure products, using scale hoppers or scale conveyors.
    • Clear or dislodge blockages in bins, screens, or other equipment, using poles, brushes, or mallets.
    • Operate or tend equipment that roasts, bakes, dries, or cures food items such as cocoa and coffee beans, grains, nuts, and bakery products.
    • Signal coworkers to synchronize flow of materials.
    • Start conveyors to move roasted grain to cooling pans and agitate grain with rakes as blowers force air through perforated bottoms of pans.
    • Open valves, gates, or chutes or use shovels to load or remove products from ovens or other equipment.
    • Read work orders to determine quantities and types of products to be baked, dried, or roasted.
    • Clean equipment with steam, hot water, and hoses.
    • Smooth out products in bins, pans, trays, or conveyors, using rakes or shovels.
    • Install equipment, such as spray units, cutting blades, or screens, using hand tools.
    • Fill or remove product from trays, carts, hoppers, or equipment, using scoops, peels, or shovels, or by hand.
    • Push racks or carts to transfer products to storage, cooling stations, or the next stage of processing.
    • Dump sugar dust from collectors into melting tanks and add water to reclaim sugar lost during processing.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

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

    • Monitoring

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

    • 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.

    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.

    • 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.

    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.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $29,450/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $14.16/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 830
    • 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:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Roasting machinery
    • Heat exchangers
    • Furnaces
    • Food drying equipment
    • Cooking machinery
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software