What They Do
Food production workers operate equipment that process and prepare food products, dairy, baked goods, etc. Employees set up, operate, and monitor machinery while ensuring products conform to specific standards and meet production quotas. An important part of this position is maintaining a sanitary and organized production environment.
Record production and test data, such as processing steps, temperature and steam readings, cooking time, and batches processed as well as test results
Listen for malfunction alarms and shut down equipment and notify supervisors when necessary
Collect and examine product samples during production in order to test them for quality, color, content, consistency, viscosity, acidity, and/or specific gravity
Observe gauges, dials, and product characteristics and adjust controls in order to maintain appropriate temperature, pressure, and flow of ingredients
Read work orders, recipes, or formulas in order to determine cooking times and temperatures and ingredient specifications
Clean, wash, and sterilize equipment and cooking area using water hoses, cleaning/sterilizing solutions, or rinses
Set temperature, pressure, and time controls and start conveyers, machines, and pumps
Operate and control equipment such as kettles, cookers, vats, tanks, and boilers in order to cook ingredients or prepare products for further processing
Source: ONetOnline.org (**2019 Median Annual Salary)
$34,680 per year (NYS median annual salary)
$16.97 per hour (NYS median hourly wage)
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics & VetTechnicians.org
Food production worker positions typically require a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate. Previous related work experience is helpful.
Job Outlook & Growth
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics & ONetOnline.org
National growth of food production worker occupations is less than 3%. In New York State, food production careers are expected to grow 15% between 2016-2026.
Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!
Middle & High School Opportunities
Classes to Take:
Health & Nutrition
Family & Consumer Science
BOCES/Career & Technical Education Programs
Adult Education & Training Programs
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Culinary)
Local Career Connection
Eric Brooks, Production Manager
O-AT-KA Milk Products, Inc.
Travis Hurst, Lead Processing Technician
Wyoming County NY Industrial Development Agency
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Where Can I Work?
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Production Worker Jobs
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