Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-3091 Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
Operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment, including hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Observe, feel, taste, or otherwise examine products during and after processing, in order to ensure conformance to standards. Observe temperature, humidity, pressure gauges, and product samples, and adjust controls, such as thermostats and valves, in order to maintain prescribed operating conditions for specific stages. Operate or tend equipment that roasts, bakes, dries, or cures food items such as cocoa and coffee beans, grains, nuts, and bakery products. Set temperature and time controls; light ovens, burners, driers, or roasters; and start equipment, such as conveyors, cylinders, blowers, driers, or pumps. Observe flow of materials and listen for machine malfunctions, such as jamming or spillage, and notify supervisors if corrective actions fail. Record production data, such as weight and amount of product processed, type of product, and time and temperature of processing. Weigh or measure products, using scale hoppers or scale conveyors. Read work orders in order to determine quantities and types of products to be baked, dried, or roasted. Take product samples during and/or after processing for laboratory analyses. Fill or remove product from trays, carts, hoppers, or equipment, using scoops, peels, or shovels, or by hand. Open valves, gates, or chutes, or use shovels in order to load or remove products from ovens or other equipment.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $10.50   Entry $21,845.00
Mean $14.13   Mean $29,385.00
Experience $15.95 Experience $33,159.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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Occupational Videos
51-3091.00 Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders