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What Does it Take to Be a Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operator?

Career Description Operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment, including hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.

A Day in the Life of a Food & Tobacco Baking Machine Operator

  • Operate or tend equipment that roasts, bakes, dries, or cures food items such as cocoa and coffee beans, grains, nuts, and bakery products.
  • Observe, feel, taste, or otherwise examine products during and after processing to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Clean equipment with steam, hot water, and hoses.
  • Record production data, such as weight and amount of product processed, type of product, and time and temperature of processing.
  • Observe flow of materials and listen for machine malfunctions, such as jamming or spillage, and notify supervisors if corrective actions fail.
  • Weigh or measure products, using scale hoppers or scale conveyors.

What Every Food & Tobacco Baking Machine Operator Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operators say are important on the job.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Roastmaster
  • Cocoa Bean Roaster
  • Rice Drier Operator
  • Grain Drier
  • Sausage Smoker

Food & Tobacco Baking Machine Operator Job Outlook

There were about 20,100 jobs for Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operator in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operator. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 2,200 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Food & Tobacco Baking Machine Operator are Washington, Utah, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, North Carolina, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Food & Tobacco Baking Machine Operator Make?

The average yearly salary of a Food & Tobacco Baking Machine Operator ranges between $20,310 and $49,030.

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Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operators who work in North Carolina, Montana, or Iowa, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operators in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $27,860
Alaska $28,090
Arizona $38,300
Arkansas $30,190
California $33,920
Colorado $34,850
Florida $34,920
Georgia $28,740
Hawaii $32,250
Idaho $34,310
Illinois $32,640
Indiana $31,230
Iowa $39,980
Kansas $29,010
Kentucky $33,450
Maine $32,360
Maryland $34,200
Massachusetts $32,410
Michigan $38,750
Minnesota $35,000
Mississippi $31,050
Missouri $31,440
Montana $37,320
Nebraska $37,270
New Hampshire $29,770
New Jersey $31,200
New Mexico $30,840
New York $32,340
North Carolina $42,970
North Dakota $31,030
Ohio $33,690
Oklahoma $27,940
Oregon $36,820
Pennsylvania $34,780
South Carolina $28,090
South Dakota $27,610
Tennessee $37,170
Texas $28,010
Utah $32,980
Vermont $38,630
Virginia $30,720
Washington $38,890
Wisconsin $23,510

What Tools & Technology do Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operators Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operators:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Data entry software
  • Email software

How do I Become a Food & Tobacco Baking Machine Operator?

Individuals working as a Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operator have obtained the following education levels:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operators Work

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The table below shows the approximate number of Food and Tobacco Baking Machine Operators employed by various industries.

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