Blanching Machine Operator

Steam harmful bacteria out of vegetables.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Blanching Machine Operators do?

A sugar bean that emerges from its metal can may seem just as green and fresh as it was when it was hanging on the vine in the garden. Since it was picked, however, that bean has been through a variety of ordeals. A Blanching Machine Operator performs one of those procedures. The Blanching Machine Operator heats food with steam or water in order to kill bacteria, preserve color, and remove trapped air.

As a Blanching Machine Operator, you have a wide variety of tools to choose from. Some pieces of equipment use steam, and others use boiling water. If your factory has both types, the Production Manager may ask you to switch between the two, depending on what sort of food you’re processing that day.

Loading the machine with food is job number one, and you often must use a forklift to do that. Then, you set the tool to heat the food to the proper temperature. Once the machine is loaded and set, you turn on the flow and watch the timer.

If your machines are old, you may have to manually turn them off when a specific period of time has passed. Newer machines automatically shut down. Once the product emerges, you check it for quality. If it’s not quite done, you load it again and run the program once more.

When your work is done, you deliver the food to the next stop in the production line. Often, this means a team of Peelers takes over, but sometimes, you deliver the product directly to the Can Filler.

Should I be a Blanching Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Blanching-Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Blanching Machine Operator

    Most Blanching Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9waaaa&chl=no+college+%2873%25%29|certificate+%2827%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,73,73
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