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Mixing & Blending Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders

Also called: Machine Operator, Mixer, Mixer Operator, Stock Preparation Operator (Stock Prep Operator)

What they do:
Set up, operate, or tend machines to mix or blend materials, such as chemicals, tobacco, liquids, color pigments, or explosive ingredients.
On the job, you would:
  • Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, or products to ensure conformance to requirements.
  • Compound or process ingredients or dyes, according to formulas.
  • Read work orders to determine production specifications or information.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • chemistry
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Word processing software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

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