Shellfish Processing Machine Tender

Tend washing, blanching, steaming, brining, peeling, or shucking machines.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Shellfish Processing Machine Tenders do?

Tends washing, blanching, steaming, brining, peeling, or shucking machine that prepares shellfish for canning, freezing, or fresh packing: Opens valves to admit water, steam, or air under pressure into machine vats, and adds specified quantities of additives, such as salt or food coloring. Lowers baskets of shellfish into vats by hand or hoist, or pushes cars of shellfish into steamer chamber. Closes door of steamer chamber, clamps fasteners over edges of door, and turns wing nuts to secure door. Starts conveyors that move product through machines or into weighing carts. May turn screws to adjust tension of peeler, using wrench. May tend machines that slice, grind, and tenderize clam meat. May be designated according to machine tended as Clam-Shucking-Machine Tender; Shrimp-Peeling-Machine Tender; or by shellfish processed as Clam Steamer; Crab Steamer; Oyster Washer; Shrimp Blancher.

Should I be a Shellfish Processing Machine Tender?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to Become a
    Shellfish Processing Machine Tender

    Shellfish Processing Machine Tenders generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Shellfish Processing Machine Tender-related education!
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