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Career Details :: Food Batchmakers
Set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Separates, spreads, kneads, spins, casts, cuts, or rolls food product by hand or using machine.
- Tests food product sample for moisture content, acidity level, or butter-fat content.
- Measures and weighs ingredients, using English or metric measures and balance scales.
- Determines mixing sequence, based on knowledge of temperature effects and solubility and miscibility properties of specific ingredients.
- Records amounts of ingredients used, test results, and time cycles.
- Gives directions to other workers who are assisting in batchmaking process.
- Grades food product according to government regulations or according to type, color, bouquet, and moisture content.
- Calculates ingredient amounts to formulate or modify recipes to produce food product of specific flavor, texture, clarity, bouquet, and color.
- Stirs and cooks ingredients at specified temperatures.
- Mixes or blends ingredients, according to recipe, using paddle or agitator.
- Examines, feels, and tastes product to evaluate color, texture, flavor, and bouquet.
- Operates refining machine to reduce size of cooked batch.
- Homogenizes or pasteurizes material to prevent separation of substances or to obtain prescribed butterfat content.
- Fills processing or cooking container, such as water-cooled kettle, steam-jacketed rotating cooker, pressure cooker, or vat, with ingredients, following recipe.
- Cools food product batch on slabs or in water-cooled kettle.
- Bakers, Bread and Pastry
- Bakers, Manufacturing
- Bindery Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators
- Film Laboratory Technicians
- Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
- Molding and Casting Workers
General Work Activities
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Judging Qualities of Things, Service, People
- Handling and Moving Objects
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate