• Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 29,270
    $23,930 range bar $49,890
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Moderately Growing
  • 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.

What do they typically do

  • Listen for malfunction alarms, shutting down equipment and notifying supervisors when necessary
  • Tend or operate and control equipment such as kettles, cookers, vats and tanks, and boilers, to cook ingredients or prepare products for further processing
  • Measure or weigh ingredients, using scales or measuring containers
  • Observe gauges, dials, and product characteristics, and adjust controls to maintain appropriate temperature, pressure, and flow of ingredients
  • Turn valves or start pumps to add ingredients or drain products from equipment and to transfer products for storage, cooling, or further processing
  • Clean, wash, and sterilize equipment and cooking area, using water hoses, cleaning or sterilizing solutions, or rinses
  • Remove cooked material or products from equipment
  • Set temperature, pressure, and time controls, and start conveyers, machines, or pumps

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.9%
Job Openings 82

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