Cooling Machine Operator

Tend equipment that cool and transfer worts to starting tank.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cooling Machine Operators do?

Tends equipment that cools and transfers wort to starting tank preparatory to fermenting: Turns valves to control flow of refrigerant through cooler coils. Starts pumps and opens valves to draw hot wort from tank through cooler and into starting tank. Monitors pressure gauges, flowmeters, thermometers, and temperature recorders, and turns valves to control rate of flow and temperature of wort passing through cooling machine. Observes flowmeter and opens valves to admit specified amounts of air into wort. Opens valves to circulate solutions through wort coils to clean and sterilize lines.

Should I be a Cooling Machine Operator?

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.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Refrigerating Machine Operator

    How to become a Cooling Machine Operator

    Most Cooling Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kiaaa&chl=no+college+%2858%25%29|certificate+%2834%25%29|associate%27s+%288%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,58,58
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