CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Cooks, Fast Food

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Fast Food
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment. Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas.
 
Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.
 
Operate large-volume cooking equipment such as grills, deep-fat fryers, or griddles.
 
Verify that prepared food meets requirements for quality and quantity.
 
Take food and drink orders and receive payment from customers.
 
Read food order slips or receive verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepare and cook food according to instructions.
 
Wash, cut, and prepare foods designated for cooking.
 
Measure ingredients required for specific food items being prepared.
 
Cook and package batches of food, such as hamburgers and fried chicken, which are prepared to order or kept warm until sold.
 
Cook the exact number of items ordered by each customer, working on several different orders simultaneously.
 
Serve orders to customers at windows, counters, or tables.
 
Clean, stock, and restock workstations and display cases.
 
Prepare specialty foods such as pizzas, fish and chips, sandwiches, and tacos, following specific methods that usually require short preparation time.
 
Prepare dough, following recipe.
 
Schedule activities and equipment use with managers, using information about daily menus to help coordinate cooking times.
 
Prepare and serve beverages such as coffee and fountain drinks.
 
Mix ingredients such as pancake or waffle batters.
 
Order and take delivery of supplies.
 
Pre-cook items such as bacon, to prepare them for later use.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Fast Food
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Fast Food
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Fast Food
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Fast Food
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Aldelo Systems Aldelo for Restaurants Pro Point of sale POS software
 
Foodman Home-Delivery Point of sale POS software
 
Plexis Software Plexis POS Point of sale POS software
 
Point of sale POS software Point of sale POS software
 
RestaurantPlus PRO Point of sale POS software
 
Bakers' peels Domestic wooden oven paddle
 
Cappuccino makers Cappuccino or espresso machines
 
Carbonated beverage dispensers Carbonated beverage dispenser
 
Cash registers Cash registers
 
Chefs' knives Commercial use cutlery
 
Commercial coffeemakers Commercial use coffee or iced tea makers
 
Convection ovens Commercial use convection ovens
 
Deep fat fryers Commercial use deep fryers
 
Electric ovens Commercial use ranges
 
Food scales Commercial use scales
 
Food warmers Commercial use heat lamps
 
Gas ovens Commercial use ranges
 
Griddles Commercial use griddles
 
Grills Commercial use grills
 
Hot dog cookers Commercial use hot dog grills
 
Ice-making machines Ice dispensers
 
Intercom systems Intercom systems
 
Juice dispensers Non carbonated beverage dispenser
 
Milkshake and smoothie machines Milkshake machines
 
Mixers Commercial use mixers
 
Pizza ovens Commercial use pizza ovens
 
Point of sale POS computer terminals Point of sale POS terminal
 
Slicing machines Commercial use food slicers
 
Soft-serve ice cream machines Soft serve machines
 
Touch screen monitors Touch screen monitors
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Fast Food
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Fast Food
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Cook
Crew Person
Crew Trainer
Fast Food Cook
Fast Food Fry Cook
Fry Cook
Fryline Attendant
Grill Cook
Line Cook
Pizza Baker
Pizza Chef
Pizza Cook
Pizza Maker
Restaurant Worker
Specialty Cook
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Fast Food
 
 
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