• Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment, including hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.

What do they typically do

  • Observe, feel, taste, or otherwise examine products during and after processing to make sure they comply with standards
  • Observe temperature, humidity, pressure gauges, and product samples, adjusting controls to maintain operating conditions
  • Operate or tend equipment that roasts, bakes, dries, or cures food items such as cocoa and coffee beans, grains, nuts, and bakery products
  • Set temperature and time controls; light ovens, burners, driers, or roasters; and start equipment like conveyors, cylinders, driers, or pumps
  • Observe flow of materials and listen for machine malfunctions, notifying supervisors if corrective actions dont work
  • Record production data like weight and amount of product processed, type of product, and time and temperature of processing
  • Weigh or measure products, using scale hoppers or scale conveyors
  • Read work orders to determine quantities and types of products to be baked, dried, or roasted

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -2.1%
Job Opening 106

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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