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Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders - 51-9012.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Blender / Cook
  • Brewer
  • Cellar Worker
  • Cheese Maker
  • Digester Cook
  • Machine Tender
  • Paper Machine Tender
  • Plant Operator
  • Pulper Operator
  • Winemaker

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-9000 Other Production Occupations
51-9010 Chemical Processing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-9012.00 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Assemble fittings, valves, bowls, plates, disks, impeller shafts, or other parts to prepare equipment for operation.
  • Clean or sterilize tanks, screens, inflow pipes, production areas, or equipment, using hoses, brushes, scrapers, or chemical solutions.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.
  • Communicate processing instructions to other workers.
  • Connect pipes between vats and processing equipment.
  • Dump, pour, or load specified amounts of refined or unrefined materials into equipment or containers for further processing or storage.
  • Examine samples to verify qualities such as clarity, cleanliness, consistency, dryness, or texture.
  • Inspect machines or equipment for hazards, operating efficiency, malfunctions, wear, or leaks.
  • Install, maintain, or repair hoses, pumps, filters, or screens to maintain processing equipment, using hand tools.
  • Maintain logs of instrument readings, test results, or shift production for entry in computer databases.
  • Measure or weigh materials to be refined, mixed, transferred, stored, or otherwise processed.
  • Monitor material flow or instruments such as temperature or pressure gauges, indicators, or meters to ensure optimal processing conditions.
  • Operate machines to process materials in compliance with applicable safety, energy, or environmental regulations.
  • Pack bottles into cartons or crates, using machines.
  • Remove clogs, defects, or impurities from machines, tanks, conveyors, screens, or other processing equipment.
  • Remove full containers from discharge outlets and replace them with empty containers.
  • Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.
  • Start agitators, shakers, conveyors, pumps, or centrifuge machines.
  • Test samples to determine viscosity, acidity, specific gravity, or degree of concentration, using test equipment such as viscometers, pH meters, or hydrometers.
  • Turn valves or move controls to admit, drain, separate, filter, clarify, mix, or transfer materials.
  • Turn valves to pump sterilizing solutions or rinse water through pipes or equipment or to spray vats with atomizers.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Clear equipment jams.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions.
  • Operate mixing equipment.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment.
  • Package products for storage or shipment.
  • Position containers to receive materials or workpieces.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinists Mate (Weapons) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinists Mate, Non-Nuclear, Submarine Auxiliary (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Buttermaker
  • Cellar Worker (Wine)
  • Fourdrinier-Machine Operator
  • Purification Operator II
  • Recovery Operator (Paper and Pulp)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Absorption Operator
  • Acetone-Recovery Worker
  • Acetylene-Plant Operator
  • Acid Extractor
  • Acid Purifier
  • Almond Huller
  • Almond-Blancher Operator
  • Amalgamator
  • Ammonium-Nitrate Crystallizer
  • Barley Steeper
  • Basin Operator
  • Batch-Still Operator I
  • Batch-Tank Controller
  • Bath-Mix Operator
  • Bleacher, Lard
  • Boiling-Tub Operator
  • Bolter
  • Bone-Cooking Operator
  • Bottom-Precipitator Operator
  • Brine-Tank-Separator Operator
  • Butter Liquefier
  • Buttermaker
  • Carbonation Equipment Operator
  • Catalyst-Recovery Operator
  • Centrifugal Operator
  • Centrifugal-Station Operator, Automatic
  • Centrifuge Operator
  • Centrifuge Operator, Plasma Processing
  • Centrifuge-Separator Operator
  • Centrifuge-Separator Tender
  • Char-Filter Operator
  • Char-Filter-Tank Tender, Head
  • Chemical Reclamation Equipment Operator
  • Clarifier
  • Clarifier Operator
  • Classifier Operator
  • Classifier Tender
  • Clean-Rice Grader and Reel Tender
  • Coagulation Operator
  • Coal Washer
  • Cocoa-Bean Cleaner
  • Cocoa-Butter-Filter Operator
  • Cocoa-Press Operator
  • Concentrator Operator
  • Condenser-Tube Tender
  • Cone Operator
  • Continuous-Absorption-Process Operator
  • Cracking-and-Fanning-Machine Operator
  • Crude-Oil Treater
  • Cryolite-Recovery Operator
  • Crystallizer Operator I
  • Dairy-Processing-Equipment Operator
  • De-Alcoholizer
  • De-Ionizer Operator
  • Decker Operator
  • Deodorizer
  • Deoiling-Machine and Pasteurizing-Machine Operator
  • Desulfurizer Operator
  • Dethistler Operator
  • Dewaterer Operator
  • Diffuser Operator
  • Distillation Operator
  • Distiller I
  • Distiller II
  • Dorr Operator
  • Drier Operator
  • Dropper, Fermenting Cellar
  • Drum Loader and Unloader
  • Dry-Starch Operator, Automatic
  • Dust-Collector Operator
  • Egg Pasteurizer
  • Egg-Breaking-Machine Operator
  • Electric-Cell Tender
  • Evaporator Operator
  • Evaporator Operator I
  • Evaporator Operator II
  • Expeller Operator
  • Extractor Operator
  • Extractor Operator, Solvent Process
  • Extractor-and-Wringer Operator
  • Extractor-Machine Operator
  • Extractor-Plant Operator
  • Fat-Purification Worker
  • Feather Separator
  • Fermentation Operator
  • Filter Helper
  • Filter Operator
  • Filter Tender
  • Filter Tender, Jelly
  • Filter-Press Operator
  • Filter-Press Tender
  • Filter-Press Tender, Head
  • Filter-Tank Operator
  • Filter-Tank-Tender Helper, Head
  • Filtering-Machine Tender
  • Filtration Operator, Polyethylene Catalyst
  • Finisher Operator
  • Flaker Operator
  • Flash-Drier Operator
  • Flavoring Oil Filterer
  • Flotation Tender
  • Flusher
  • Fourdrinier-Machine Operator
  • Fruit-Press Operator
  • Germination Worker
  • Glaze Handler
  • Glue Maker, Bone
  • Gluten-Settling Tender
  • Grader Tender
  • Grease-Refiner Operator
  • Heavy-Media Operator
  • Hide Puller
  • Honey Extractor
  • Honey Processor
  • Hop Strainer
  • Hopper Attendant
  • Hot-Wort Settler
  • Huller Operator
  • Hydrate-Control Tender
  • Irish-Moss Operator
  • Iron-Launder Operator
  • Kettle Operator
  • Kettle Tender II
  • Kettle Tender, Platinum and Palladium
  • Laborer, Starch Factory
  • Lard Refiner
  • Leacher
  • Lead Recoverer, Continuous-Naphtha-Treating Plant
  • Lime-Kiln Operator
  • Linter Tender
  • Liquor Blender
  • Lye-Peel Operator
  • Malt-House Operator
  • Maple-Syrup Maker
  • Mash-Filter Operator
  • Meat-Grading-Machine Operator
  • Melter Operator
  • Mercury Purifier
  • Mercury Washer
  • Molasses Preparer
  • Molybdenum-Steamer Operator
  • Monitor-and-Storage-Bin Tender
  • Monomer-Purification Operator
  • Naphthalene Operator
  • Natural-Gas-Treating-Unit Operator
  • Neutralizer
  • Nitroglycerin-Separator Operator
  • Nut-Sorter Operator
  • Oil-Recovery-Unit Operator
  • Oilseed-Meat Presser
  • Opener
  • Paraffin-Plant Operator
  • Paraffin-Plant-Sweater Operator
  • Pasteurizer
  • Peanut Blancher
  • Percolator Operator
  • Poacher Operator
  • Pond Tender
  • Potato-Peeling-Machine Operator
  • Precipitator I
  • Precipitator II
  • Press Puller
  • Pressure-Tank Operator
  • Processor, Grain
  • Pulp-Press Tender
  • Pulper Tender
  • Pump Operator, Byproducts
  • Purification Operator I
  • Purification Operator II
  • Pyridine Operator
  • Recovery Operator
  • Refinery Operator
  • Refinery Operator, Assistant
  • Refining-Machine Operator
  • Rice Cleaning Machine Tender
  • Riddler Operator
  • Ripening-Room Attendant
  • Rouge Sifter and Miller
  • Rough-Rice Tender
  • Salt Washer
  • Save-All Operator
  • Scrap Handler
  • Screen Operator
  • Screen Tender
  • Screen Tender, Chips
  • Screen-Room Operator
  • Screener Operator
  • Seed-Cleaner Operator
  • Seed-Yeast Operator
  • Separator Operator
  • Separator Operator, Shellfish Meats
  • Separator Tender II
  • Shaker Tender
  • Sheller II
  • Sieve-Grader Tender
  • Silica-Filter Operator
  • Skin-Peeling-Machine Operator
  • Slime-Plant Operator II
  • Soda Dialyzer
  • Soft-Sugar Operator, Head
  • Sorting-Machine Operator
  • Spice Cleaner
  • Spiral Runner
  • Starchmaker
  • Steep Tender
  • Stemmer, Machine
  • Sterile-Products Processor
  • Still Operator
  • Still Operator I
  • Still Operator II
  • Still Operator, Batch Or Continuous
  • Still Tender
  • Still-Operator Helper
  • Strainer Tender
  • Strong-Nitric Operator
  • Sublimer
  • Table Tender
  • Tetryl-Screen Operator
  • Thickener Operator
  • Threshing-Machine Operator
  • Top-Precipitator Operator
  • Utility Operator I
  • Vacuum-Pan Operator I
  • Vacuum-Pan Operator II
  • Vacuum-Pan Operator III
  • Washer-and-Crusher Tender
  • Water-Treatment-Plant Operator
  • Wax Bleacher
  • Wet-End Operator II
  • Wet-Plant Operator
  • Winery Worker
  • Winterizer
  • Wringer Operator
  • Yeast-Fermentation Attendant
  • Zinc-Chloride Operator