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Working As a Food Cooking Machine Operator

  • Getting Information
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Repetitive

  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Cooking Machine Operator Do

Food and tobacco processing workers operate equipment that mixes, cooks, or processes ingredients used in the manufacturing of food and tobacco products.

Duties

Food and tobacco processing workers typically do the following:

  • Set up, start, or load food or tobacco processing equipment
  • Check, weigh, and mix ingredients according to recipes
  • Set and control temperatures, flow rates, and pressures of machinery
  • Monitor and adjust ingredient mixes during production processes
  • Observe and regulate equipment gauges and controls
  • Report equipment malfunctions to team leaders or maintenance staff
  • Clean workspaces and equipment in accordance with health and safety standards
  • Check final products to ensure quality

Food and tobacco processing workers often have different duties depending on the type of machinery they use or goods they process.

Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders operate machines that produce roasted, baked, or dried food or tobacco products. For example, dryers of fruits and vegetables operate machines that produce raisins, prunes, or other dehydrated foods. Tobacco roasters tend machines that cure tobacco for wholesale distribution to cigarette manufacturers and other makers of tobacco products. Others, such as coffee roasters, follow recipes and tend machines to produce standard or specialty coffees.

Food batchmakers typically work in facilities that produce baked goods, pasta, and tortillas. Workers mix ingredients to make dough, load and unload ovens, operate pasta extruders, and perform tasks specific to large-scale commercial baking. Some workers are identified by the type of food they produce. For example, those who prepare cheese are known as cheese makers and those who make candy are known as candy makers.

Food cooking machine operators and tenders operate or tend cooking equipment to prepare food products. For example, workers who preserve and can fruits and vegetables usually operate equipment to cook and preserve their products.

Potato and corn chip manufacturing workers operate baking and frying equipment. Sugar and confectionary manufacturers use equipment that blends, heats, coats, and packages candies, chocolates, or other sweets.

Other workers operate machines that mix spices, mill grains, or extract oil from seeds.

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How To Become A Food Cooking Machine Operator

There are no formal education requirements for some food and tobacco processing workers. However, food batchmakers and food cooking machine operators typically need a high school diploma or equivalent. Food and tobacco processing workers learn their skills through on-the-job training.

Education

Food batchmakers and food cooking machine operators typically need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Because workers often adjust the quantity of ingredients that go into a mix, basic math and reading skills are considered helpful.

Training

Food and tobacco processing workers learn on the job. Training may last from a few weeks to a few months. During training, workers learn health and safety rules related to the type of food or tobacco that they process. Training also involves learning how to operate specific equipment, following safety procedures, and reporting equipment malfunctions.

Experienced workers typically show trainees how to properly use and care for equipment.

Important Qualities

Coordination. Food and tobacco processing workers must be quick and have good hand-eye coordination to keep up with the assembly line.

Detail oriented. Workers must be able to detect small changes in they quality or quantity of food products. They must also closely follow health and safety standards to avoid food contamination and injury.

Physical stamina. Workers stand on their feet for long periods as they tend machines and monitor the production process.

Physical strength. Food and tobacco processing workers should be strong enough to lift or move heavy boxes of ingredients, which often can weigh up to 50 pounds.

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Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Highest Paying City
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
1.4 years
How much does a Food Cooking Machine Operator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Food Cooking Machine Operator in the United States is $30,159 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $41,000.

Real Food Cooking Machine Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders BELS International Corp Seattle, WA May 20, 2010 $28,175
Food Cooking Machine Operator Mamas Restaurant & CAFE BACI Inc. Hackettstown, NJ Mar 03, 2010 $27,131
Food Cooking Machine Operators Patsy Grimaldi's Scottsdale, AZ May 12, 2008 $25,649
Food Cooking Machine Operators Patsy Grimaldi's Scottsdale, AZ Apr 24, 2008 $25,649
Food Cooking Machine Operators Patsy Grimaldi's Scottsdale, AZ Jun 06, 2008 $25,649
Food Cooking Machine Operators Patsy Grimaldi's Scottsdale, AZ Mar 25, 2008 $25,649
Food Cooking Machine Operators Patsy Grimaldi's Scottsdale, AZ Mar 21, 2008 $25,649
Food Cooking Machine Operators Patsy Grimaldi's Scottsdale, AZ Mar 10, 2010 $25,649
Food Cooking and Machine Operators Patsy Grimaldi's Scottsdale, AZ Mar 07, 2008 $25,649
Food Cooking Machine Operators Patsy Grimaldi's Scottsdale, AZ Apr 21, 2008 $25,649
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Botnbot, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Sep 07, 2010 $23,338
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Botnbot, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Oct 12, 2010 $23,338
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Brunswick Donuts Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Feb 20, 2013 $23,145
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Mayab Happy Tacos, Inc. New York, NY Jun 30, 2008 $22,727
Food Cooking Machine Operator Premium Snacks LLC Oxnard, CA Dec 17, 2009 $20,933
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders B & V Inc. D/B/A Dunkin Donuts Worcester, MA Oct 23, 2007 $20,473
Food Cooking Machine Operator Kalpesh Enterprises Bear, DE Nov 08, 2010 $19,096
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Serapios Tortilla Factory Oklahoma City, OK Dec 22, 2008 $13,065
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Serapios Tortilla Factory Oklahoma City, OK Dec 08, 2008 $13,065
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Serapios Tortilla Factory Oklahoma City, OK Sep 26, 2008 $13,065
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Serapios Tortilla Factory Oklahoma City, OK Dec 19, 2008 $13,065
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Serapios Tortilla Factory Oklahoma City, OK Feb 12, 2009 $13,065
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders Serapios Tortilla Factory Oklahoma City, OK Sep 22, 2008 $13,065

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Top Skills for A Food Cooking Machine Operator

  1. Cooking Surfaces
  2. Water Hoses
  3. Cooking Times
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain clean environment, cooking surfaces and utensils.
  • Cleaned, washed and sterilized equipment and cooking area, using water hoses, cleaning and sterilizing solutions and rinses.
  • Read work orders, recipes, or formulas to determine cooking times and temperatures, and ingredient specifications.
  • Observed gauges, product characteristics.
  • Adjusted controls to maintain appropriate temperature, flow of ingredients.

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Top 10 Best States for Food Cooking Machine Operators

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Vermont
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. Maine
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Michigan
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Connecticut
  10. North Dakota
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Food Cooking Machine Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

45.2%

Female

45.2%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

13.1%

Unknown

7.4%

Asian

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Arabic

25.0%

French

25.0%

Food Cooking Machine Operator Education

Schools

Syracuse University

10.0%

Peninsula College

10.0%

Nash Community College

10.0%

Mayfield College

10.0%

Eastern Illinois University

10.0%

Arizona State University

10.0%

Edgecombe Community College

10.0%

Crowder College

10.0%

West Georgia Technical College

10.0%

Gaston College

10.0%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

14.3%

Biology

7.1%

Sociology

7.1%

Finance

7.1%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

7.1%

Real Estate

7.1%

Computer Networking

7.1%

Medical Assisting Services

7.1%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

7.1%

English

7.1%

Liberal Arts

7.1%

General Studies

7.1%

Legal Studies

7.1%
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Degrees

Other

50.0%

Certificate

21.4%

Diploma

14.3%

Bachelors

7.1%

Associate

7.1%
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