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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Sample Job Titles
Blanching Machine Operator
Cook Box Filler
Cook, Dog and Cat Food
Cook, Fry, Deep Fat
Cook, Mexican Food
Cook, Not in Cafeteria
Cook, Soybean Specialties
Cook, Syrup Maker
Cook, Vacuum Kettle
Cooker, Process Cheese
Cottage Cheese Maker
Doughnut Machine Operator
Draw Machine Operator
Food Cooking Machine Operator
Food Production Worker
Gum Machine Operator
Kettle Fry Cook Operator
Mash Tub Cooker Operator
Molasses and Caramel Operator
Ordering Machine Operator
Popcorn Candy Maker
Potato Chip Frier
Potato Chip Fryer
Potato Chip Maker
Potato Pancake Frier
Processor, Instant Potato
Sanding Line Operator
Steak Sauce Maker
Steam Box Hand
Steam Box Tender
Steam Conditioner Operator
Steam Conditioning Operator
Steam Oven Operator
Vacuum Conditioner Operator
Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
- 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.
- Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
- Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
- Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- Supplemental — Place products on conveyors or carts, and monitor product flow.
- Core — Collect and examine product samples during production to test them for quality, color, content, consistency, viscosity, acidity, or specific gravity.
- Supplemental — Pour, dump, or load prescribed quantities of ingredients or products into cooking equipment, manually or using a hoist.
- Core — Observe gauges, dials, and product characteristics, and adjust controls to maintain appropriate temperature, pressure, and flow of ingredients.
- Supplemental — Operate auxiliary machines and equipment, such as grinders, canners, and molding presses, to prepare or further process products.
- Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
- Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
- Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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