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

Description

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.

Tasks

  • Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.
  • Monitor material flow or instruments such as temperature or pressure gauges, indicators, or meters to ensure optimal processing conditions.
  • Start agitators, shakers, conveyors, pumps, or centrifuge machines, then turn valves or move controls to admit, drain, separate, filter, clarify, mix, or transfer materials.
  • Examine samples visually or by hand to verify qualities such as clarity, cleanliness, consistency, dryness, and texture.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.
  • Maintain logs of instrument readings, test results, and shift production, and send production information to computer databases.
  • Test samples to determine viscosity, acidity, specific gravity, or degree of concentration, using test equipment such as viscometers, pH meters, or hydrometers.
  • Measure or weigh materials to be refined, mixed, transferred, stored, or otherwise processed.
  • Clean or sterilize tanks, screens, inflow pipes, production areas, or equipment, using hoses, brushes, scrapers, or chemical solutions.
  • Inspect machines or equipment for hazards, operating efficiency, malfunctions, wear, or leaks.
  • Dump, pour, or load specified amounts of refined or unrefined materials into equipment or containers for further processing or storage.
  • Connect pipes between vats and processing equipment.
  • Communicate processing instructions to other workers.
  • Remove clogs, defects, or impurities from machines, tanks, conveyors, screens, or other processing equipment.
  • Assemble fittings, valves, bowls, plates, disks, impeller shafts, and other parts to equipment in order to prepare equipment for operation.
  • Install, maintain, or repair hoses, pumps, filters, or screens to maintain processing equipment, using hand tools.
  • Turn valves to pump sterilizing solutions or rinse water through pipes or equipment or to spray vats with atomizers.
  • Remove full containers from discharge outlets and replace them with empty containers.
  • Pack bottles into cartons or crates, using machines.
  • Operate machines to process materials in compliance with applicable safety, energy, or environmental regulations.

Knowledge

Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
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.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Lay Titles

Absorber Operator
Absorption Operator
Acetone Recovery Worker
Acetylene Plant Operator
Acid Extractor
Acid Purifier
Almond Blancher Operator
Almond Huller
Amalgamator
Ammonium Nitrate Crystallizer
Automatic Centrifugal Station Operator
Automatic Dry Starch Operator
Barley Steeper
Basin Operator
Batch or Continuous Still Operator
Batch Still Operator
Batch Tank Controller
Bath Mix Operator
Beer Brewer
Beer Cooler
Beer Maker
Beer Runner
Black Pickler
Blender / Cook
Boiling Tub Operator
Bolter
Bone Cooking Operator
Bone Glue Maker
Bottom Precipitator Operator
Brewer
Brewer Apprentice
Brewmaster
Brewmaster Assistant
Brine Tank Separator Operator
Butter Liquefier
Butter Maker
Buttermaker
Byproducts Pump Operator
Caramel Coloring Operator
Carbonation Equipment Operator
Carbonation Equipment Tender
Carbonator
Carbonizer
Catalyst Recovery Operator
Cellar Worker
Centrifugal Drier Operator
Centrifugal Machine Tender
Centrifugal Operator
Centrifugal Station Operator
Centrifuge Operator
Centrifuge Separator Operator
Centrifuge Separator Tender
Char Filter Operator
Char Filter Tank Tender
Cheese Maker
Chemical Operator
Chemical Reclamation Equipment Operator
Cherry Pitter
Chips Screen Tender
Cider Maker
Cider Press Operator
Clarifier
Clarifier Operator
Classifier Operator
Classifier Tender
Clean Rice Grader and Reel Tender
Coagulation Operator
Coal Washer
Cocoa Bean Cleaner
Cocoa Butter Filter Operator
Cocoa Press Operator
Concentrator Operator
Condenser Tube Tender
Cone Operator
Cone Runner

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$18.55 hourly, $38,570 annual.
Employment (2008):
41,430 employees