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Cooling/Freezing Equipment Worker  What They Do

Just the Facts


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

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Adjusts machine or freezer speed and air intake to obtain desired consistency and amount of product.
  • Monitors pressure gauges, ammeters, flowmeters, thermometers, or products, and adjusts controls to maintain specified conditions, such as feed rate, product consistency, temperature, air pressure, and machine speed.
  • Records temperatures, amounts of materials processed, or test results on report forms.
  • Reads dials and gauges on panel control boards to ascertain temperatures, alkalinities, and densities of mixtures, and turns valves to obtain specified mixtures.
  • Corrects machinery malfunctions by performing actions such as removing jams, and informs supervisors of malfunctions as necessary.
  • Starts machinery, such as pumps, feeders, or conveyors, and turns valves to heat, admit, or transfer products, refrigerants, or mixes.
  • Assembles equipment, and attaches pipes, fittings, or valves, using hand tools.
  • Scrapes, dislodges, or breaks excess frost, ice, or frozen product from equipment to prevent accumulation, using hands and hand tools.
  • Weighs packages and adjusts freezer air valves or switches on filler heads to obtain specified amounts of product in each container.
  • Stirs material with spoons or paddles to mix ingredients or allow even cooling and prevent coagulation.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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  • Machine Operator --
  • Production Operator --
  • Refrigeration Lead --
  • Refrigeration Operator --
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