Finisher Operator

Tend equipment that separate skins and seeds from sauces and catsups.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Finisher Operators do?

Tends filtering equipment that separates skins and seeds from tomato sauce, chile sauce, and catsup, prior to packaging: Installs specified screens in filtering equipment, using handtools. Places refuse drums under tank outlet to receive skins and seeds. Starts agitating paddles that force sauce through filter screens to separate skins and seeds from liquid. Dips ladle into sauce tank to obtain sample for examination. Examines sauce for consistency and presence of skins and seeds that indicate clogged or damaged filter screens. Changes damaged screens, using handtools. Starts pump to transfer filtered sauce to holding tanks.


Should I be a Finisher Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • 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: Finishing-Pan Operator, Washer Operator

    How to become a Finisher Operator

    Most Finisher 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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