• Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 48,500
    $31,540 range bar $71,060
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • 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 flow of materials and listen for machine malfunctions, notifying supervisors if corrective actions don't work
  • Observe, feel, taste, or otherwise examine products during and after processing to make sure they comply with standards
  • Read work orders to determine quantities and types of products to be baked, dried, or roasted
  • Set temperature and time controls; light ovens, burners, driers, or roasters; and start equipment like conveyors, cylinders, driers, or pumps
  • Weigh or measure products, using scale hoppers or scale conveyors
  • Operate or tend equipment that roasts, bakes, dries, or cures food items such as cocoa and coffee beans, grains, nuts, and bakery products
  • Record production data like weight and amount of product processed, type of product, and time and temperature of processing
  • Observe temperature, humidity, pressure gauges, and product samples, adjusting controls to maintain operating conditions

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -1.1%
Job Openings 114

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