Mixing & Blending Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders
Also called: Machine Operator, Mixer, Mixer Operator, Stock Preparation Operator (Stock Prep Operator)
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Mixing and blending machine workers run the machines used to blend everything from industrial chemicals and explosive ingredients to colorful dyes and consumer product ingredients like dough or batter and spices. These workers follow recipes to weigh and measure ingredients, dump them into blending machines, then observe mixing until ingredients reach the desired condition or consistency. Once a product is successfully mixed, it’s transferred into containers or through pumps for additional processing. Mixing and blending machine operators often extract samples for quality control and record production data by filling out forms. To conduct regular maintenance, mixing and blending machine workers drain machines, dislodge jammed materials, and clean them with hand tools. Workers may be exposed to hot or cold conditions, loud noise, and hazardous materials. Many wear safety equipment. Mixing and blending machine workers typically work 40 hours a week or more. Mixing and blending machine operators typically need a high school diploma or equivalent.
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
Math and Science
Engineering and Technology
Safety and Government
Hand and Finger Use
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