Cooker Tender

Tend cookers that melt greases and tallow from offal, bones, and meats.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cooker Tenders do?

Tends cookers that melt grease and tallow from offal, bone, and meat: Turns valves to admit steam to cooker until indicator on steam pressure gauge reaches specified point. Turns handwheel or lifts lever to open discharge gate of cooker when light indicates material is ready for further processing. Starts agitator paddles that force cooked material into vat or conveyor hopper. Signals COOKER LOADER or OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATOR 921.663-010 to refill cooker. May shovel cooked material from vat into conveyor hopper. May load cookers. May pull material from cooker, using hoe.


Should I be a Cooker Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Cook Blender, Steam Box Tender, Steam Tender

    How to become a Cooker Tender

    Most Cooker Tenders 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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