Molasses and Caramel Operator

Control equipment to cook liquid sugar to produce caramel colorings.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Molasses and Caramel Operators do?

Controls equipment to cook liquid sugar to produce caramel coloring or molasses: Turns valves to fill vessels with liquid sugar and adds specified amounts of salts or caustic solution. Observes thermometers and gauges and turns valves to regulate steam pressure and cooking temperature in vessels. Draws samples of material and performs standard tests to ascertain acid content and specific gravity, and to verify color, using pH meter, hydrometer, and colorimeter. Records test results. Turns valves or starts pumps to transfer material to evaporator feed tanks, filter supply tanks, or to storage or tank cars. May tend filters to remove undesirable solids from caramel coloring.


Should I be a Molasses and Caramel 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to Become a
    Molasses and Caramel Operator

    Most Molasses and Caramel Operators 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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