Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders:

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

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $32,320.00
Average Time to Fill 34 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 1,471
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 6.24 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Following Directions

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Load/unload material, products, or workpieces into or from machinery or equipment
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Remove products or workpieces from production equipment
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment
Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment
Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow
Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Feed materials or products into or through equipment
Don/Doff industrial, production, or manufacturing related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Adjust metal or plastic processing equipment and machinery
Set-up computer numerical control machines
Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures
Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids
Adjust food services related equipment or machinery
Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures
Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products
Perform installation or removal of equipment accessories or tools
Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production
Adjust textile, fabric, or garment related equipment or machinery
Operate food preparation equipment
Position raw materials on processing or production equipment
Shape metal or plastic
Install electronic power, communication, or control equipment or systems
Install mechanical equipment, components, or systems
Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair
Cook food for customers or patients
Place food on dishes or trays or in takeout bags
Perform food preparation duties
Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing
Process metals using power or hand tools
Cut metal or plastic material
Cast metal objects
Remove workpieces from molds
Cast precision cast patterns, molds, or dies to form objects
Cut glass or crystal to specifications
Cut masonry material such as stone, tile, or brick
Install electronic equipment, components, or systems
Prepare food products by hand through shaping, kneading, or rolling
File metal or plastic objects
Shape stone, tile, brick, or related masonry products
Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds
Pour material such as liquid plastic or metal into molds
Position machines, equipment, or structures
Cut fabric or leather material
Operate mix or blending machine
Build production molds
Construct molds for casting objects
Skim impurities from molten metal
Assemble electronic, electrical, or electromechanical equipment
Operate food decorating equipment
Fabricate components for precision instruments
Prepare site or surface before casting metal
Mix chemicals safely according to instructions
Package goods for shipment or storage
Position containers to receive materials or workpieces

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Occupational Health and Safety
Inventory Management
Supervisory Skills

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