CAREER

Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$43,100

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.5% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Do

Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators.

Other Job Titles Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders May Have

Blender / Cook, Brewer, Cellar Worker, Digester Cook, Machine Tender, Paper Machine Tender, Plant Operator, Pulper Operator, Winemaker

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Master Distiller ,

Bently Heritage Estate Distillery

I help to run and troubleshoot our distilling equipment. I also spend a lot of time making sure my teams know how the equipment works to make the same product every day. When my teams are ready, I spend time giving them the creative confidence they need in order to design products rather than just making products on equipment they already know how to operate. When I get calls from our sales team about forecasted sales, I plan the corresponding production, down to how much grain we need to plant.

Server and Homebrewer ,

Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden

Right now, I'm really into home brewing and looking into someday owning my own brewpub here in Austin. So for me, the majority of my day is pretty relaxing. I like to do my brewing outside and test a few beers while I brew. On days when I'm working, I also get to spend a lot of my time outside. My job is fun, but what I like most about it is that when things need to get done, everyone comes together and works as a team to get them done. In that way, it's a lot like the military.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Dump, pour, or load specified amounts of refined or unrefined materials into equipment or containers for further processing or storage.
  • Operate machines to process materials in compliance with applicable safety, energy, or environmental regulations.
  • Monitor material flow or instruments, such as temperature or pressure gauges, indicators, or meters, to ensure optimal processing conditions.
  • Turn valves or move controls to admit, drain, separate, filter, clarify, mix, or transfer materials.
  • Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.

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