Food Batchmakers
SOC: 51-3092.00

Description:

Set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
122,500 employed

Projected (2024):
122,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Almond Paste Mixer
  • Baker
  • Batch Blender
  • Batch Maker
  • Batch Mixer
  • Batching Operator
  • Batchmaker
  • Batter Mixer
  • Biscuit Maker
  • Blender
  • Blender Operator
  • Blending Machine Operator
  • Blending Plant Operator
  • Blow Up Operator
  • Bologna Maker
  • Bran Mixer
  • Bread Molder
  • Breading Machine Tender
  • Brewer
  • Brewery Technician
  • Brewing Technician
  • Brine Maker
  • Brine Mixer Operator
  • Bulk Plant Operator
  • Cake Decorator
  • Cake Maker
  • Candy Decorator
  • Candy Dipper
  • Candy Forming Machine Operator
  • Candy Maker
  • Candy Polisher
  • Candy Puller
  • Caramel Maker
  • Cereal Maker
  • Cheese Maker
  • Cheese Processor
  • Cheesemaker
  • Chicken Stuffer
  • Chili Maker
  • Chocolate Temperer
  • Chocolatier
  • Chopper Operator
  • Chopping Machine Operator
  • Churn Operator
  • Churner
  • Cistern Room Operator
  • Cocoa Powder Mixer Operator
  • Coffee Blender
  • Color Matcher
  • Colorer
  • Colorist Dyer
  • Compound Mixer
  • Compounder
  • Conche Operator
  • Confectioner
  • Core Sucker
  • Cottage Cheese Maker
  • Cream Beater
  • Cruller Maker
  • Custom Feed Corn Operator
  • Decorator
  • Dipper and Baker
  • Dosier Operator
  • Dough Brake Machine Operator
  • Dough Braker
  • Dough Catcher
  • Dough Cutter
  • Dough Cutting Machine Operator
  • Dough Machine Operator
  • Dough Mixer
  • Dough Mixing Machine Operator
  • Dough Molder
  • Dough Panner
  • Dough Puncher
  • Dough Raiser
  • Dough Scaler and Mixer
  • Doughnut Glazier
  • Dry Starch Operator
  • Filling Mixer
  • Flavor Extractor
  • Flavorings Compounder
  • Flour Blender
  • Flour Mixer
  • Food Processor
  • Food Production Worker
  • Formula Mixer
  • Frozen Yogurt Maker
  • Fructose Loader
  • Fryer Line Helper
  • Grated Cheese Maker
  • Head Batcher
  • Head Mixer
  • Honey Blender
  • Honey Grader and Blender
  • Ice Cream Machine Operator
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Ice Cream Mixer
  • Icing Mixer
  • Ingredient Handler
  • Jelly Maker
  • Juice Mixer
  • Juicer
  • Kettle Operator
  • Kettle Tender
  • Kiss Machine Operator
  • Kitchen Operator
  • Kneader
  • Lard Mixer
  • Liquid Flavor Compounder
  • Liquid Sugar Fortifier
  • Liquid Sugar Melter
  • Macaroni Maker
  • Machine Operator
  • Marshmallow Machine Operator
  • Marshmallow Maker
  • Marshmallow Runner
  • Marzipan Maker
  • Mash Grinder
  • Mayonnaise Mixer
  • Melangeur Operator
  • Mineral Mixer
  • Mingle Operator
  • Mix Technician
  • Mixer
  • Mixer and Blender
  • Mixer Attendant
  • Mixer Operator
  • Mixer Tender
  • Mixing Machine Operator
  • Mixing Tank Operator
  • Noodle Maker
  • Noodle Press Operator
  • Oleomargarine Maker
  • Operator
  • Pasta Maker
  • Pasta Press Operator
  • Peanut Butter Maker
  • Pickle Maker
  • Pickle Solution Maker
  • Pickler
  • Pickling Solution Maker
  • Pie Filler
  • Popcorn Machine Operator
  • Process Operator
  • Processing Operator
  • Processor
  • Production Worker
  • Refined Syrup Operator
  • Relish Maker
  • Sandwich Maker
  • Sausage Grinder
  • Sausage Machine Operator
  • Sausage Mixer
  • Seasoning Mixer
  • Sheeter Operator
  • Soup Mixer
  • Spice Blender
  • Spice Mixer
  • Spice Room Worker
  • Spinner
  • Sugar Mixer
  • Syrup Maker
  • Syrup Mixer
  • Taffy Puller
  • Tortilla Maker
  • Vinegar Maker
  • Wet Mixer
  • Whipped Topping Finisher
  • Wine Blender


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Record production and test data for each food product batch, such as the ingredients used, temperature, test results, and time cycle.
  • Observe gauges and thermometers to determine if the mixing chamber temperature is within specified limits, and turn valves to control the temperature.
  • Clean and sterilize vats and factory processing areas.
  • Press switches and turn knobs to start, adjust, and regulate equipment such as beaters, extruders, discharge pipes, and salt pumps.
  • Observe and listen to equipment to detect possible malfunctions, such as leaks or plugging, and report malfunctions or undesirable tastes to supervisors.
  • Set up, operate, and tend equipment that cooks, mixes, blends, or processes ingredients in the manufacturing of food products, according to formulas or recipes.
  • Mix or blend ingredients, according to recipes, using a paddle or an agitator, or by controlling vats that heat and mix ingredients.
  • Follow recipes to produce food products of specified flavor, texture, clarity, bouquet, or color.
  • Select and measure or weigh ingredients, using English or metric measures and balance scales.
  • Turn valve controls to start equipment and to adjust operation to maintain product quality.
  • Determine mixing sequences, based on knowledge of temperature effects and of the solubility of specific ingredients.
  • Fill processing or cooking containers, such as kettles, rotating cookers, pressure cookers, or vats, with ingredients, by opening valves, by starting pumps or injectors, or by hand.
  • Give directions to other workers who are assisting in the batchmaking process.
  • Homogenize or pasteurize material to prevent separation or to obtain prescribed butterfat content, using a homogenizing device.
  • Inspect vats after cleaning to ensure that fermentable residue has been removed.
  • Examine, feel, and taste product samples during production to evaluate quality, color, texture, flavor, and bouquet, and document the results.
  • Test food product samples for moisture content, acidity level, specific gravity, or butter-fat content, and continue processing until desired levels are reached.
  • Formulate or modify recipes for specific kinds of food products.
  • Inspect and pack the final product.
  • Grade food products according to government regulations or according to type, color, bouquet, and moisture content.
  • Cool food product batches on slabs or in water-cooled kettles.
  • Operate refining machines to reduce the particle size of cooked batches.
  • Modify cooking and forming operations based on the results of sampling processes, adjusting time cycles and ingredients to achieve desired qualities, such as firmness or texture.
  • Place products on carts or conveyors to transfer them to the next stage of processing.
  • Manipulate products, by hand or using machines, to separate, spread, knead, spin, cast, cut, pull, or roll products.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Agitators
  • Balance scales
  • Ball mills
  • Beaters
  • Candy cookers
  • Candy stoves
  • Centrifugal clarifiers
  • Cheese cutters
  • Cheese finishing tables
  • Cheese presses
  • Cheese vats
  • Chocolate melters
  • Commercial cream separators
  • Commercial induction cookers
  • Commercial use homogenizers
  • Cooker mixers
  • Cooling tables
  • Cream beaters
  • Deep-fry cookers
  • Depositing pumps
  • Digital kitchen thermometers
  • Dough processing machines
  • Evaporators
  • Extruders
  • Flour milling machines
  • Food broilers
  • Food heating cabinets
  • Food sterilizing machines
  • Heating tables
  • Ice cream machines
  • Injector pumps
  • Kettle dollies
  • Kettle lifters
  • Levelers
  • Liquid filling machines
  • Meat cutting machines
  • Meat tenderizing tools
  • Metered transfer pumps
  • Microwave drying machines
  • Revolving pan depositors
  • Roller cutters
  • Sausage machines
  • Sizers
  • Steam-cooking vats
  • Tilting commercial cooking kettles
  • Torque wrenches
  • Vacuum packagers
  • Vibrating tables
  • Water-cooled kettles
  • Data entry software
  • Edible Software
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Plex Systems Plex Manufacturing Cloud


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220