CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Food Preparation Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Food Preparation Workers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea. Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage.
 
Package take-out foods or serve food to customers.
 
Portion and wrap the food, or place it directly on plates for service to patrons.
 
Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service, or store them in refrigerated storage cabinets.
 
Weigh or measure ingredients.
 
Assist cooks and kitchen staff with various tasks as needed, and provide cooks with needed items.
 
Receive and store food supplies, equipment, and utensils in refrigerators, cupboards, and other storage areas.
 
Stock cupboards and refrigerators, and tend salad bars and buffet meals.
 
Remove trash and clean kitchen garbage containers.
 
Prepare and serve a variety of beverages such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
 
Carry food supplies, equipment, and utensils to and from storage and work areas.
 
Make special dressings and sauces as condiments for sandwiches.
 
Scrape leftovers from dishes into garbage containers.
 
Use manual or electric appliances to clean, peel, slice, and trim foods.
 
Stir and strain soups and sauces.
 
Distribute food to waiters and waitresses to serve to customers.
 
Keep records of the quantities of food used.
 
Load dishes, glasses, and tableware into dishwashing machines.
 
Butcher and clean fowl, fish, poultry, and shellfish to prepare for cooking or serving.
 
Cut, slice or grind meat, poultry, and seafood to prepare for cooking.
 
Work on assembly lines adding cutlery, napkins, food, and other items to trays in hospitals, cafeterias, airline kitchens, and similar establishments.
 
Mix ingredients for green salads, molded fruit salads, vegetable salads, and pasta salads.
 
Distribute menus to hospital patients, collect diet sheets, and deliver food trays and snacks to nursing units or directly to patients.
 
Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, or silverware.
 
Prepare a variety of foods, such as meats, vegetables, desserts, according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.
 
Take and record temperature of food and food storage areas such as refrigerators and freezers.
 
Wash, peel, and cut various foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to prepare for cooking or serving.
 
Inform supervisors when equipment is not working properly and when food and supplies are getting low, and order needed items.
 
Operate cash register, handle money, and give correct change.
 
Vacuum dining area and sweep and mop kitchen floor.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Food Preparation Workers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Food Preparation Workers
 
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.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Food Preparation Workers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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.
 
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.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Food Preparation Workers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Barrington Software CookenPro Commercial Data base user interface and query software
 
CBORD Foodservice Suite Data base user interface and query software
 
CBORD NetRecipe Data base user interface and query software
 
Culinary Software Services ChefTec Data base user interface and query software
 
EGS CALCMENU software Data base user interface and query software
 
IPro software Data base user interface and query software
 
Master Cook Deluxe Professional Cook Data base user interface and query software
 
MealMaster software Data base user interface and query software
 
MicroBlast Recipe Wizard for Windows Data base user interface and query software
 
Recipe software Data base user interface and query software
 
ValuSoft MasterCook Data base user interface and query software
 
Belt conveyors Belt conveyors
 
Blenders Commercial use blenders
 
Bread slicers Commercial use food slicers
 
Brick ovens Commercial use ovens
 
Cappuccino machines Cappuccino or espresso machines
 
Charbroilers Commercial use broilers
 
Choppers Commercial use food choppers or cubers or dicers
 
Coffee brewing machines Commercial use coffee or iced tea makers
 
Coffee grinders Commercial use coffee grinders
 
Combination slicers/electronic portion scales Commercial use scales
 
Commercial ranges Commercial use ranges
 
Cotton candy machines Commercial use cotton candy machines or accessories
 
Dicers Commercial use food choppers or cubers or dicers
 
Dishwashing machines Commercial use dishwashers
 
Dough mixers Commercial use dough machines
 
Drink dispensers Non carbonated beverage dispenser
 
Electric fryers Commercial use deep fryers
 
Electric meat and cheese slicers Commercial use food slicers
 
Electric meat grinders Commercial use food grinders
 
Electronic chicken rotisseries Commercial use rotisseries
 
Espresso machines Cappuccino or espresso machines
 
Food processors Commercial use food processors
 
Food scales Commercial use scales
 
Frozen custard machines Soft serve machines
 
Frozen drink machines Slush machines
 
Griddles Commercial use griddles
 
Grills Commercial use grills
 
Ice machines Ice dispensers
 
Knives Commercial use cutlery
 
Measuring utensils Commercial use measuring cups
 
Microwave ovens Commercial use microwave ovens
 
Milkshake and smoothie machines Milkshake machines
 
Mixing machines Commercial use mixers
 
Oriental ranges Commercial use woks
 
Ovens Commercial use ovens
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pizza ovens Commercial use pizza ovens
 
Point of sale POS interface scales Commercial use scales
 
Point of sale POS systems Point of sale POS terminal
 
Popcorn machines Commercial use popcorn machines
 
Pressureless steamers Commercial use steamers
 
Roasting equipment Roasting machinery
 
Snow cone machines Ice shaver machines or accessories
 
Soda machines Carbonated beverage dispenser
 
Soft-serve ice cream machines Soft serve machines
 
Steam tables Commercial use food warmers
 
Thermal label printing scales Commercial use scales
 
Toasters Commercial use toasters
 
Tomato slicers Commercial use food slicers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Food Preparation Workers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience None
 
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
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Food Preparation Workers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assistant Cook
Baker
Baker Helper
Bakery Helper
Cafeteria Aide
Cafeteria Worker
Cartperson
Carver
Caterer Helper
Catering Assistant
Chicken and Fish Butcher
Coffee Brewer
Coffee Maker
Cold Meat Cook
Cook
Cook Helper
Cook's Helper
Crew Mess Attendant
Culinary Worker
Deli Clerk
Deli Clerk (Delicatessen Clerk)
Deli Slicer
Delicatessen Cutter Slicer
Diet Aide
Diet Kitchen Worker
Dietary Aide
Dietary Assistant
Dietary Cook
Dietary Patient Aide
Expeditor
Food Assembler, Kitchen
Food Handler
Food Order Expediter
Food Preparation Kitchen Aide
Food Preparation Worker
Food Preparer
Food Server
Food Service Aide
Food Service Specialist
Food Service Utility Worker
Food Service Worker
Food Tray Assembler
Fruit and Vegetable Parer
Hospital Tray Aide
Kitchen Assistant
Kitchen Hand
Kitchen Helper
Kitchen Runner
Kitchen Worker
Line Cook
Line Server
Lineman
Meat Clerk
Mess Attendant
Nutrition Aide
Nutrition Helper
Nutritional Services Aide
Pantry Cook
Pantry Goods Maker
Pantry Goods Worker
Pantry Worker
Parer
Pastry Cook Helper
Peeler
Pie Cutter
Prep Cook
Prep Cook (Preparation Cook)
Raw Shellfish Preparer
Restaurant Worker
Salad Maker
Sandwich Artist
Sandwich Maker
Seafood Preparer
Slicer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Food Preparation Workers
 
 
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