CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate or tend equipment, such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals. Adjust machine or freezer speed and air intake in order to obtain desired consistency and amount of product.
 
Monitor pressure gauges, ammeters, flowmeters, thermometers, or products, and adjust controls to maintain specified conditions, such as feed rate, product consistency, temperature, air pressure, and machine speed.
 
Record temperatures, amounts of materials processed, and/or test results on report forms.
 
Read dials and gauges on panel control boards in order to ascertain temperatures, alkalinities, and densities of mixtures, and turn valves in order to obtain specified mixtures.
 
Correct machinery malfunctions by performing actions such as removing jams, and inform supervisors of malfunctions as necessary.
 
Start machinery such as pumps, feeders, or conveyors, and turn valves in order to heat, admit, or transfer products, refrigerants, or mixes.
 
Assemble equipment, and attach pipes, fittings, or valves, using hand tools.
 
Scrape, dislodge, or break excess frost, ice, or frozen product from equipment in order to prevent accumulation, using hands and hand tools.
 
Weigh packages and adjust freezer air valves or switches on filler heads in order to obtain specified amounts of product in each container.
 
Stir material with spoons or paddles in order to mix ingredients or allow even cooling and prevent coagulation.
 
Start agitators to blend contents, or start beater, scraper, and expeller blades to mix contents with air and prevent sticking.
 
Measure or weigh specified amounts of ingredients or materials, and load them into tanks, vats, hoppers, or other equipment.
 
Load and position wrapping paper, sticks, bags, or cartons into dispensing machines.
 
Insert forming fixtures, and start machines that cut frozen products into measured portions or specified shapes.
 
Place or position containers into equipment, and remove containers after completion of cooling or freezing processes.
 
Inspect and flush lines with solutions or steam, and spray equipment with sterilizing solutions.
 
Position molds on conveyors, and measure and adjust level of fill, using depth gauges.
 
Sample and test product characteristics such as specific gravity, acidity, and sugar content, using hydrometers, pH meters, or refractometers.
 
Activate mechanical rakes in order to regulate flow of ice from storage bins to vats.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
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.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
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.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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).
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
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.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
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.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
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.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
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.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience None
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Ammonia Refrigeration Worker
Barrel Filler
Batch Freezer
Boiler Mechanic
Boiler Operator
Brewery Cellar Worker
Brewery Worker
Chiller Operator
Chiller Tender
Chilling Hood Operator
Compressor Operator
Compressor Room Operator
Cooler Operator
Cooler Tender
Cooling Machine Operator
Cooling Pan Tender
Crystalizer
Crystalizer Operator
Crystalizer Tender
Crystallizer Operator
Engine Room Operator
Engineer
Freezer Machine Operator
Freezer Operator
Freezer Person
Freezer Tunnel Operator
Freezing Machine Operator
Hog Cooler
Ice Cream Vault Worker
Ice Maker
Ice Plant Operator
Ice Puller
Icebox Man
Icebox Worker
Machine Operator
Meat Cooler
Mechanic
Mold Cooler
Novelty Maker
Paradichlorobenzene Tender
Production Operator
Refrigerating Machine Operator
Refrigeration Engine Operator
Refrigeration Lead
Refrigeration Mechanic
Refrigeration Operator
Refrigeration Technician
Spreading Machine Operator
Votator Machine Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
 
 
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