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Food & Tobacco Roasting, Baking, & Drying Machine Operators & Tenders

Also called: Coffee Roaster, Machine Operator, Roaster, Roaster Operator

What they do:
Operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment, including hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe, feel, taste, or otherwise examine products during and after processing to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Observe temperature, humidity, pressure gauges, and product samples and adjust controls, such as thermostats and valves, to maintain prescribed operating conditions for specific stages.
  • Operate or tend equipment that roasts, bakes, dries, or cures food items such as cocoa and coffee beans, grains, nuts, and bakery products.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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