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Food Batchmaker  What They Do

Just the Facts


Sets up and operates equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Records production and tests data for each food product batch, such as the ingredients used, temperature, test results, and time cycle.
  • Follows recipes to produce food products of specified flavor, texture, clarity, bouquet, or color.
  • Sets up, operates, and tends equipment that cooks, mixes, blends, or processes ingredients in the manufacturing of food products, according to formulas or recipes.
  • Mixes or blends ingredients, according to recipes, using a paddle or an agitator, or by controlling vats that heat and mix ingredients.
  • Cleans and sterilizes vats and factory processing areas.
  • Selects and measures or weigh ingredients, using English or metric measures and balance scales.
  • Turns valve controls to start equipment and to adjust operation to maintain product quality.
  • Presses switches and turns knobs to start, adjust, and regulate equipment such as beaters, extruders, discharge pipes, and salt pumps.
  • Observes gauges and thermometers to determine if the mixing chamber temperature is within specified limits, and turns valves to control the temperature.
  • Observes and listens to equipment to detect possible malfunctions, such as leaks or plugging, and reports malfunctions or undesirable tastes to supervisors.

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.
  • 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 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 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):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

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  • Compounder --
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  • Machine Operator --
  • Mixer --
  • Process Operator --
  • Processing Operator --
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