Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders


Also called : Blender, Brewer, Cellar Worker, Digester Cook, Machine Tender, Paper Machine Tender, Plant Operator, Pulper Operator, Winemaker

What they do


Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • Production and Processing
      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical
      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    SKILLS


    • Operations Monitoring
      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring
      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Operation and Control
      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Quality Control Analysis
      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    ABILITIES


    • Near Vision
      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Perceptual Speed
      The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

    • Problem Sensitivity
      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness
      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Information Ordering
      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Self-Control
      Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Independence
      Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Achievement/Effort
      Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Electronic mail software

    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

    • Office suite software

    • Presentation software

    • Spreadsheet software

    • Word processing software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Some Preparation Needed

    • Education

      High school diploma.

    • Experience

      Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed.

    • Jobtraining

      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.

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