Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-9023 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Set up, operate, or tend machines to mix or blend materials, such as chemicals, tobacco, liquids, color pigments, or explosive ingredients. Exclude "Food Batchmakers" (51-3092).
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: Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, or products to ensure conformance to requirements. Compound or process ingredients or dyes, according to formulas. Read work orders to determine production specifications or information. Observe production or monitor equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation. Mix or blend ingredients by starting machines and mixing for specified times. Dump or pour specified amounts of materials into machinery or equipment. Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing. Operate or tend machines to mix or blend any of a wide variety of materials, such as spices, dough batter, tobacco, fruit juices, chemicals, livestock feed, food products, color pigments, or explosive ingredients. Add or mix chemicals or ingredients for processing, using hand tools or other devices. Stop mixing or blending machines when specified product qualities are obtained and open valves and start pumps to transfer mixtures. Examine materials, ingredients, or products visually or with hands to ensure conformance to established standards. Transfer materials, supplies, or products between work areas, using moving equipment or hand tools. Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment. Record operational or production data on specified forms. Tend accessory equipment, such as pumps or conveyors, to move materials or ingredients through production processes. Unload mixtures into containers or onto conveyors for further processing. Clean and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.19   Entry $25,362.00
Mean $18.97   Mean $39,451.00
Experience $22.35 Experience $46,495.00

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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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
Occupational Videos
51-9023.00 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders