Meal Cooker

Tend steam cookers that break down oil cells.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Meal Cookers do?

Tends steam cooker that breaks down oil cells and controls moisture content of corn, soybeans, cottonseed, linseed meal or fish, prior to extraction of oil: Turns valves to regulate steam pressure inside cooker or steam jacket and to maintain temperature within specified range. Observes conveyor feeding material to cooker or climbs to top of cooker to determine that material is feeding continuously. May scoop handful of material from entry or discharge point of cooker and examine or feel material to determine how much steam should be added. May record steam pressure and temperature readings at specified intervals. May tend machine to crush meats for processing. May tend cake-forming machine to shape cottonseed meats for pressing [CAKE FORMER].


Should I be a Meal Cooker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • 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.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Cooker, Meal, Cooker Mechanic, Cook, Pickled Meat, Meal Cook

    How to become a Meal Cooker

    Most Meal Cookers 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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