Lye Peel Operator

Tend machines that remove skins of fruits and vegetables.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Lye Peel Operators do?

Tends machine that removes skins of fruits and vegetables and outer membrane of peeled citrus fruits: Turns valves to admit steam to heat lye solution in tank and to regulate lye and water sprays. Starts conveyor to carry fruit or vegetables through machine. Observes and feels fruit or vegetable emerging from machine to determine if immersion time is sufficient to ensure removal of skin or membrane. May load conveyor by hand. May prepare lye solution by dumping lye chips into tank of heated water. May scald products to loosen skin or peel and be designated Scalder.

Should I be a Lye Peel Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Lye Peel Operator

    Most Lye Peel 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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