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Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders - 51-3093.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Cooker Operator
  • Food Production Worker
  • Fryer Operator
  • Kettle Fry Cook Operator
  • Machine Operator
  • Mogul Operator
  • Oven Operator
  • Peeler Operator
  • Retort Operator
  • Thermo Processor

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-3000 Food Processing Workers
51-3090 Miscellaneous Food Processing Workers
51-3093.00 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Related Occupations


  • Activate agitators and paddles to mix or stir ingredients, stopping machines when ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Admit required amounts of water, steam, cooking oils, or compressed air into equipment, such as by opening water valves to cool mixtures to the desired consistency.
  • Clean, wash, and sterilize equipment and cooking area, using water hoses, cleaning or sterilizing solutions, or rinses.
  • Collect and examine product samples during production to test them for quality, color, content, consistency, viscosity, acidity, or specific gravity.
  • Listen for malfunction alarms, and shut down equipment and notify supervisors when necessary.
  • Measure or weigh ingredients, using scales or measuring containers.
  • Notify or signal other workers to operate equipment or when processing is complete.
  • Observe gauges, dials, and product characteristics, and adjust controls to maintain appropriate temperature, pressure, and flow of ingredients.
  • Operate auxiliary machines and equipment, such as grinders, canners, and molding presses, to prepare or further process products.
  • Place products on conveyors or carts, and monitor product flow.
  • Pour, dump, or load prescribed quantities of ingredients or products into cooking equipment, manually or using a hoist.
  • Read work orders, recipes, or formulas to determine cooking times and temperatures, and ingredient specifications.
  • Record production and test data, such as processing steps, temperature and steam readings, cooking time, batches processed, and test results.
  • Remove cooked material or products from equipment.
  • Set temperature, pressure, and time controls, and start conveyers, machines, or pumps.
  • Tend or operate and control equipment, such as kettles, cookers, vats and tanks, and boilers, to cook ingredients or prepare products for further processing.
  • Turn valves or start pumps to add ingredients or drain products from equipment and to transfer products for storage, cooling, or further processing.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
  • Inspect food products.
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Operate cooking, baking, or other food preparation equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Operate mixing equipment.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Signal others to coordinate work activities.
  • Sterilize food cooking or processing equipment.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Culinary Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Leading Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Services (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Leading Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Blanching-Machine Operator
  • Brine Maker I
  • Chocolate Temperer
  • Confectionery Cooker
  • Cook
  • Cook, Dog-and-Cat Food
  • Cook, Fry, Deep Fat
  • Cook, Kettle
  • Cook, Soybean Specialties
  • Cook, Syrup Maker
  • Cook, Vacuum Kettle
  • Cook-Box Filler
  • Cooker
  • Cooker Tender
  • Cooker, Casing
  • Cooker, Meal
  • Cooker, Process Cheese
  • Corn Cooker
  • Cottage-Cheese Maker
  • Dextrine Mixer
  • Kettle Operator
  • Kettle Tender
  • Mash-Tub-Cooker Operator
  • Masher
  • Molasses and Caramel Operator
  • Nut Steamer
  • Ordering-Machine Operator
  • Popcorn-Candy Maker
  • Potato-Chip Frier
  • Potato-Pancake Frier
  • Processor, Instant Potato
  • Retort Operator
  • Steak Sauce Maker
  • Steam-Conditioner Operator
  • Sterilizer Operator
  • Sugar Boiler
  • Thermoscrew Operator
  • Tripe Cooker
  • Vacuum-Conditioner Operator
  • Yeast Distiller