Retort Operator

Control retort chambers to cook canned foods according to specifications.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Retort Operators do?

Controls retort chamber to cook canned foods according to specifications: Pushes trucks or lowers baskets using hoist, or presses buttons to start conveyorized flow of canned foods into chamber of retort. Closes retort door or lid, and turns wheels or moves levers to seal chamber. Observes dials and thermometers, and turns valves to admit steam to retort, and control temperature, pressure, and cooking time. Turns valves to release steam and admit cooling water into chamber to prevent overcooking at end of cooking cycle. May open retort and move basket of canned food to cooling trough, using hoist. May record items such as retort number, can size and grade designation, cooking time, and number of pounds pressure on canning report.

Should I be a Retort 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.

  • Also known as: Fryer Operator, Mogul Operator, Peeler Operator, Processing Operator, Soyfreeze Operator

    How to become a Retort Operator

    Most Retort 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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