Cooling & Freezing Equipment Operators & Tenders
Also called: Freezer Operator, Freezer Person, Refrigeration Operator, Refrigeration Technician
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Cooling and freezing equipment operators and tenders run equipment that cools or freezes food, blood plasma, chemicals, and other items. They operate cooling equipment such as refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels. These workers monitor gauges and adjust controls to keep conditions within optimal ranges. They assemble equipment, start machines, stir material, and correct machinery malfunctions. Workers may need to weigh packages of frozen products. They also record temperature information, the amount of materials processed, and note any test results on report forms. Workers in this field are likely to be exposed to hazardous materials and extreme temperatures, so they typically wear safety equipment much of the time. There are no specific education requirements, although professional certifications may be helpful for applying to some positions.
What they do: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.
On the job, you would:
- 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.
- Read dials and gauges on panel control boards to ascertain temperatures, alkalinities, and densities of mixtures, and turn valves to obtain specified mixtures.
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