Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

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About the Job

Operate or tend equipment, such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.

It is also Called

  • Ammonia Refrigeration Worker
  • Barrel Filler
  • Batch Freezer
  • Batch Freezer Operator
  • Brewery Cellar Worker
  • Brewery Worker
  • Certifed Refrigeration Operator
  • Chiller Operator
  • Chiller Tender
  • Chilling Hood Operator
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What They Do

  • Record temperatures, amounts of materials processed, or test results on report forms.
  • Monitor pressure gauges, ammeters, flowmeters, thermometers, or products, and adjust controls to maintain specified conditions, such as feed rate, product consistency, temperature, air pressure, and machine speed.
  • Measure or weigh specified amounts of ingredients or materials, and load them into tanks, vats, hoppers, or other equipment.
  • Read dials and gauges on panel control boards to ascertain temperatures, alkalinities, and densities of mixtures, and turn valves to obtain specified mixtures.
  • Adjust machine or freezer speed and air intake to obtain desired consistency and amount of product.
  • Start machinery, such as pumps, feeders, or conveyors, and turn valves to heat, admit, or transfer products, refrigerants, or mixes.
  • Weigh packages and adjust freezer air valves or switches on filler heads to obtain specified amounts of product in each container.
  • Correct machinery malfunctions by performing actions such as removing jams, and inform supervisors of malfunctions as necessary.
  • Inspect and flush lines with solutions or steam, and spray equipment with sterilizing solutions.
  • Load and position wrapping paper, sticks, bags, or cartons into dispensing machines.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $30,180 with most people making between $18,870 and $46,180

Outlook

0.57%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 880 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 930 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 5 openings due to growth and about 15 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Bronze certificate

Skill Level
Reading for Information3
Locating Information3
Observation3
Teamwork3