CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Cooks, Short Order

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Short Order
Summary Job Description Tasks
Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables. Clean food preparation equipment, work areas, and counters or tables.
Plan work on orders so that items served together are finished at the same time.
Grill, cook, and fry foods such as french fries, eggs, and pancakes.
Take orders from customers and cook foods requiring short preparation times, according to customer requirements.
Grill and garnish hamburgers or other meats such as steaks and chops.
Complete orders from steam tables, placing food on plates and serving customers at tables or counters.
Order supplies and stock them on shelves.
Accept payments, and make change or write charge slips as necessary.
Restock kitchen supplies, rotate food, and stamp the time and date on food in coolers.
Perform food preparation tasks, such as making sandwiches, carving meats, making soups or salads, baking breads or desserts, and brewing coffee or tea.
Perform general cleaning activities in kitchen and dining areas.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Short Order
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.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Short Order
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.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Short Order
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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.
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.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
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.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Short Order
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Aldelo Systems Aldelo for Restaurants Pro Point of sale POS software
Foodman Home-Delivery Point of sale POS software
Inventory control software Inventory management 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
Apple corers Domestic apple corer
Bakers' peels Domestic wooden oven paddle
Blenders Commercial use blenders
Boning knives Commercial use cutlery
Broilers Commercial use broilers
Calculators Calculators or accessories
Cappuccino makers Cappuccino or espresso machines
Carbonated beverage dispensers Carbonated beverage dispenser
Cash registers Cash registers
Chefs' knives Commercial use cutlery
Colanders Domestic strainers or colanders
Commercial coffeemakers Commercial use coffee or iced tea makers
Commercial dishwashers Commercial use dishwashers
Convection ovens Commercial use convection ovens
Deep fat fryers Commercial use deep fryers
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Double boilers Domestic double boilers
Dry or liquid measuring cups Commercial use measuring cups
Electric ovens Commercial use ranges
Electric stoves Commercial use ranges
Food processors Commercial use food processors
Fruit zesters Commercial use graters
Gas ovens Commercial use ranges
Gas stoves Commercial use ranges
Graters Commercial use graters
Grills Commercial use grills
Hand scanners Bar code reader equipment
Hot dog cookers Commercial use hot dog grills
Ice-making machines Ice dispensers
Instant-read pocket thermometers Domestic kitchen or food thermometers
Juice dispensers Non carbonated beverage dispenser
Kitchen tongs Domestic kitchen tongs
Knife sharpeners Domestic knife sharpeners
Meat slicers Commercial use food slicers
Melon ballers Domestic melon or butter baller
Microwave ovens Commercial use microwave ovens
Milkshake and smoothie machines Milkshake machines
Mixers Commercial use mixers
Paring knives Commercial use cutlery
Personal computers Personal computers
Pizza ovens Commercial use pizza ovens
Point of sale POS computer terminals Point of sale POS terminal
Portion scales Commercial use scales
Rolling pins Commercial use rolling pins
Serrated blade knives Commercial use cutlery
Sifters Domestic sifter
Slicing machines Commercial use food slicers
Soft-serve ice cream machines Soft serve machines
Steam kettles Commercial use steamers
Steam tables Commercial use food warmers
Steamers Commercial use steamers
Strainers Domestic strainers or colanders
Toasters Commercial use toasters
Touch screen monitors Touch screen monitors
Vegetable brushes Domestic vegetable brush
Vegetable peelers Commercial use peelers
Waffle makers Commercial use waffle irons
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Short Order
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Short Order
Alternate Job Title(s)
Barbecue Cook
Bed and Breakfast Cook (B&B Cook)
Chuck Wagon Cook
Deli Cook (Delicatessen Cook)
Griddle Attendant
Griddle Cook
Grill Attendant
Grill Cook
Hash Slinger
Line Cook
Pizza Cook
Pizza Maker
Prep Cook (Preparation Cook)
Restaurant Worker
Sandwich Artist
Short Order Cook
Short Order Fry Cook
Snack Bar Cook
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Short Order
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