Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
SOC: 51-3093.00

Description:

Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
37,500 employed

Projected (2024):
38,000 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:

  • Blanching Machine Operator
  • Boiler
  • Brine Maker
  • Casing Cooker
  • Cheese Cook
  • Chip Frier
  • Chocolate Temperer
  • Coconut Boiler
  • Confectionery Cooker
  • Cook
  • Cook Box Filler
  • Cook-Box Filler
  • Cooker
  • Cooker Mechanic
  • Cooker Operator
  • Cooker Tender
  • Corn Cooker
  • Cottage Cheese Maker
  • Deep Fat Fry Cook
  • Dextrine Mixer
  • Dog and Cat Food Cook
  • Doughnut Fryer
  • Doughnut Machine Operator
  • Doughnut Maker
  • Draw Machine Operator
  • Dumpling Machine Operator
  • Fish Fryer
  • Food Cooking Machine Operator
  • Food Production Worker
  • Frier
  • Fryer Operator
  • Gum Cook
  • Gum Machine Operator
  • Gum Maker
  • Icing and Glaze Maker
  • Industrial Cook
  • Instant Potato Processor
  • Kettle Cook
  • Kettle Fry Cook Operator
  • Kettle Operator
  • Kettle Tender
  • Machine Operator
  • Manufacturer
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Mash Tub Cooker Operator
  • Masher
  • Master Cook
  • Meal Cook
  • Meal Cooker
  • Meal Temperer
  • Mexican Food Cook
  • Mogul Operator
  • Molasses and Caramel Operator
  • Nut Steamer
  • Ordering Machine Operator
  • Oven Operator
  • Peeler Operator
  • Pickle Maker
  • Pierogi Maker
  • Popcorn Candy Maker
  • Potato Chip Frier
  • Potato Chip Fryer
  • Potato Chip Maker
  • Potato Pancake Frier
  • Process Cheese Cooker
  • Process Technician
  • Processing Operator
  • Processor
  • Retort Operator
  • Sanding Line Operator
  • Sausage Cooker
  • Scalder
  • Soybean Specialties Cook
  • Steak Sauce Maker
  • Steam Box Hand
  • Steam Box Tender
  • Steam Conditioner Operator
  • Steam Conditioning Operator
  • Steam Oven Operator
  • Steam Table Associate
  • Steam Tender
  • Steamer
  • Sterilizer Operator
  • Sugar Boiler
  • Syrup Maker
  • Thermo Processor
  • Thermoscrew Operator
  • Tripe Cooker
  • Vacuum Conditioner Operator
  • Vacuum Kettle Cook
  • Vat Skimmer
  • Vegetable Cook
  • Wine Pasteurizer
  • Yeast Distiller


  • 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
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • 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
  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Record production and test data, such as processing steps, temperature and steam readings, cooking time, batches processed, and test results.
  • Listen for malfunction alarms, and shut down equipment and notify supervisors when necessary.
  • Collect and examine product samples during production to test them for quality, color, content, consistency, viscosity, acidity, or specific gravity.
  • Observe gauges, dials, and product characteristics, and adjust controls to maintain appropriate temperature, pressure, and flow of ingredients.
  • Read work orders, recipes, or formulas to determine cooking times and temperatures, and ingredient specifications.
  • Clean, wash, and sterilize equipment and cooking area, using water hoses, cleaning or sterilizing solutions, or rinses.
  • Set temperature, pressure, and time controls, and start conveyers, machines, or pumps.
  • Tend or operate and control equipment such as kettles, cookers, vats and tanks, and boilers, to cook ingredients or prepare products for further processing.
  • Measure or weigh ingredients, using scales or measuring containers.
  • Admit required amounts of water, steam, cooking oils, or compressed air into equipment, such as by opening water valves to cool mixtures to the desired consistency.
  • Remove cooked material or products from equipment.
  • Notify or signal other workers to operate equipment or when processing is complete.
  • Turn valves or start pumps to add ingredients or drain products from equipment and to transfer products for storage, cooling, or further processing.
  • Place products on conveyors or carts, and monitor product flow.
  • Pour, dump, or load prescribed quantities of ingredients or products into cooking equipment, manually or using a hoist.
  • Activate agitators and paddles to mix or stir ingredients, stopping machines when ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Operate auxiliary machines and equipment, such as grinders, canners, and molding presses, to prepare or further process products.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Boilers
  • Bucket belt conveyors
  • Canners
  • Chain hoists
  • Combination feeders
  • Continuous baking ovens
  • Cooking vats
  • Corn cooking systems
  • Direct-fired fryers
  • Electromagnetic vibratory feeders
  • Grinders
  • Hand trucks
  • Hot air impingement ovens
  • Hot oil cookers
  • Hot oil roasting equipment
  • Ingredient scales
  • Molding machines
  • Molding presses
  • Pressure cookers
  • Retort chambers
  • Roasting equipment
  • Smoke generators
  • Smoking equipment
  • Steam air retorts
  • Steam kettles
  • Steam retorts
  • Vacuum batch cookers
  • Water hoses
  • Water immersion retorts
  • Water spray retorts
  • Database software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220