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Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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Set up, operate, or tend machines to mix or blend materials, such as chemicals, tobacco, liquids, color pigments, or explosive ingredients.

    Work Activities
    • Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, or products to ensure conformance to requirements.
    • Read work orders to determine production specifications or information.
    • Compound or process ingredients or dyes, according to formulas.
    • Observe production or monitor equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation.
    • Mix or blend ingredients by starting machines and mixing for specified times.
    • Dump or pour specified amounts of materials into machinery or equipment.
    • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing.
    • Operate or tend machines to mix or blend any of a wide variety of materials, such as spices, dough batter, tobacco, fruit juices, chemicals, livestock feed, food products, color pigments, or explosive ingredients.
    • Add or mix chemicals or ingredients for processing, using hand tools or other devices.
    • Stop mixing or blending machines when specified product qualities are obtained and open valves and start pumps to transfer mixtures.
    • Examine materials, ingredients, or products visually or with hands to ensure conformance to established standards.
    • Transfer materials, supplies, or products between work areas, using moving equipment or hand tools.
    • Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.
    • Record operational or production data on specified forms.
    • Tend accessory equipment, such as pumps or conveyors, to move materials or ingredients through production processes.
    • Unload mixtures into containers or onto conveyors for further processing.
    • Clean and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
    • Open valves to drain slurry from mixers into storage tanks.
    • Dislodge and clear jammed materials or other items from machinery or equipment, using hand tools.
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • 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.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • 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.

    • Near Vision

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

    • 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).

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $38,610/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $18.56/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 7,660
    • Yearly Projected Openings 790
    Typical Education
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    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Independence
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