Food Drying Machine Operator Job Description

The job function for Food Drying Machine Operator is to operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment. This includes the following equipment hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.

Objectives:

The Food Drying Machine Operator observes, feels, tastes or otherwise examines products during and after processing, in order to ensure conformance to standards. The Food Drying Machine operator job functions observes temperature, humidity, pressure gauges, and product samples, and adjust controls, such as thermostats and valves, in order to maintain prescribed operating conditions for specific stages. The Food Drying Machine Operator operates or tends equipment that roasts, bakes, dries, or cures food items such as cocoa and coffee beans, grains, nuts, and bakery products. The Food Drying Machine Operator sets temperatures and time controls, lights ovens, burners, driers, or roasters and start equipment, such as conveyors, cylinders, blowers, driers, or pumps.

The Food Drying Machine Operator observes flow of materials and listens for machine malfunctions, such as jamming or spillage, and notifies supervisors if corrective actions fail. The Food Drying Machine Operator records production data, such as weight and amount of product processed, type of product, and time and temperature of processing. The Food Drying Machine Operator weighs or measures products, using scale hoppers or scale conveyors. The Food Drying Machine Operator reads work orders in order to determine quantities and types of products to be baked, dried, or roasted. The Food Drying Machine Operator takes product samples during and or after processing for laboratory analyses. The Food Drying Machine Operator fills or remove product from trays, carts, hoppers, or equipment, using scoops, peels, or shovels, or by hand.

Activities:

The Food Drying Machine Operator observes, receives, and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources. The Food Drying Machine Operator must provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. The Food Drying Machine Operator identifies needed information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. The Food Drying Machine Operator monitors and reviews information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. Part of the Food Drying Machine Operators duties is inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. The Food Drying Machine Operator is responsible for entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic form. Keeping up with the details of their work is very essential that is why most Food Drying Machine Operators prefer to do their own entry work. The Food drying Machine Operator uses either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes not including computers or vehicles. They are usually responsible for group effort so they must be able to get members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. The Food Drying Machine Operators perform physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving the whole body.

Skills and Abilities

The Food Drying Machine Operator needs the skills to watch gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure that the machines are working properly. When there is a problem the Food Drying Machine Operator needs the ability to make the correction or recognize there is a problem and have others involved on the team to work out the solution. The Food Drying Machine Operator must be able to understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. The Food Drying Machine Operator must have the ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

The Food Drying Machine Operator needs the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The Food Drying Machine Operator needs the ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. They also must be able to identify and understand the speech of another person. The Food Drying Machine Operator needs the ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. The Food Drying Machine Operator needs the ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

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