Cracking and Fanning Machine Operator

Tend cracking and fanning machines that shell and crack cocoa beans.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cracking and Fanning Machine Operators do?

Tends one or more cracking and fanning machines that shell and crack cocoa beans and separate shells from nibs preparatory to further processing: Starts machine rollers and blowers that shell and crack beans and starts conveyors that carry off shells and transfer nibs to treating drum. Turns handwheels to adjust roller pressure so that resultant nibs are of specified size. Moves handles to adjust air supply to blower to ensure thorough separation of shells from nibs. Observes thermometer and turns cold water valve to cool conveyor carrying beans from roaster to cracking fanning machine. May grind nibs to obtain liquid chocolate of specified consistency [LIQUOR-GRINDING-MILL OPERATOR].


Should I be a Cracking and Fanning Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Stripping-and-Booking-Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Cracking and Fanning Machine Operator

    Most Cracking and Fanning 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:9gibaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29|associate%27s+%2811%25%29|bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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