Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
SOC: 51-9012.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
43,800 employed

Projected (2024):
43,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Absorber Operator
  • Absorption Operator
  • Acetone Recovery Worker
  • Acetylene Plant Operator
  • Acid Extractor
  • Acid Purifier
  • Almond Blancher Operator
  • Almond Huller
  • Amalgamator
  • Ammonium Nitrate Crystallizer
  • Automatic Centrifugal Station Operator
  • Automatic Dry Starch Operator
  • Barley Steeper
  • Basin Operator
  • Batch or Continuous Still Operator
  • Batch Still Operator
  • Batch Tank Controller
  • Bath Mix Operator
  • Beer Brewer
  • Beer Cooler
  • Beer Maker
  • Beer Runner
  • Black Pickler
  • Blender / Cook
  • Boiling Tub Operator
  • Bolter
  • Bone Cooking Operator
  • Bone Glue Maker
  • Bottom Precipitator Operator
  • Brewer
  • Brewmaster
  • Brine Tank Separator Operator
  • Butter Liquefier
  • Butter Maker
  • Byproducts Pump Operator
  • Caramel Coloring Operator
  • Carbonation Equipment Operator
  • Carbonation Equipment Tender
  • Carbonator
  • Carbonizer
  • Catalyst Recovery Operator
  • Cellar Worker
  • Central Processing Technician
  • Centrifugal Drier Operator
  • Centrifugal Machine Tender
  • Centrifugal Station Operator
  • Centrifuge Operator
  • Centrifuge Separator Operator
  • Centrifuge Separator Tender
  • Char Filter Operator
  • Char Filter Tank Tender
  • Cheese Maker
  • Cherry Pitter
  • Chips Screen Tender
  • Cider Maker
  • Cider Press Operator
  • Clarifier
  • Clarifier Operator
  • Classifier Operator
  • Classifier Tender
  • Clean Rice Grader and Reel Tender
  • Coagulation Operator
  • Coal Washer
  • Cocoa Bean Cleaner
  • Cocoa Butter Filter Operator
  • Cocoa Press Operator
  • Concentrator Operator
  • Condenser Tube Tender
  • Cone Operator
  • Cone Runner
  • Cone Tender
  • Continuous Absorption Process Operator
  • Continuous Naphtha Treating Plant Recoverer
  • Cracking and Fanning Machine Operator
  • Cream Ripener
  • Cream Separator Operator
  • Crude Oil Treater
  • Cryolite Recovery Operator
  • Crystallizer Operator
  • Curing Bin Operator
  • Dairy Processing Equipment Operator
  • De-Alcholizer
  • De-Alcoholizer
  • De-Ionizer Operator
  • Decker Operator
  • Dehydration Plant Operator
  • Dehydration Unit Operator
  • Dehydrator Operator
  • Dehydrogenation Operator
  • Deodorizer
  • Deodorizer Operator
  • Deoiling Machine and Pasteurizing Machine Operator
  • Desulfurizer Operator
  • Dethistler Operator
  • Dewaterer Operator
  • Diffuser Operator
  • Digester Cook
  • Disintegrator Operator
  • Distillation Operator
  • Distiller
  • Distillery Worker
  • Dorr Operator
  • Drier Operator
  • Drum Loader and Unloader
  • Dry Starch Operator
  • Dryer Operator
  • Dust Collector Operator
  • Egg Breaking Machine Operator
  • Egg Pasteurizer
  • Electric Cell Tender
  • Evaporator
  • Evaporator Operator
  • Expeller Operator
  • Extracting Machine Operator
  • Extractor and Wringer Operator
  • Extractor Machine Operator
  • Extractor Operator
  • Extractor Plant Operator
  • Fat Purification Worker
  • Feather Separator
  • Fermentation Operator
  • Fermenter
  • Fermenting Cellar Dropper
  • Filter Helper
  • Filter Machine Operator
  • Filter Operator
  • Filter Plant Operator
  • Filter Press Operator
  • Filter Press Tender
  • Filter Tank Operator
  • Filter Tank Tender
  • Filter Tender
  • Filterer
  • Filtering Machine Tender
  • Finisher Operator
  • Flaker Operator
  • Flash-Drier Operator
  • Flavoring Oil Filterer
  • Flotation Operator
  • Flotation Tank Operator
  • Flotation Tender
  • Flusher
  • Fourdrinier Machine Operator
  • Fruit Preserver
  • Fruit Press Operator
  • Germination Worker
  • Glaze Handler
  • Gluten Settling Tender
  • Grader Tender
  • Grain Cleaner
  • Grain Operator
  • Grain Processor
  • Grape Crusher
  • Grease Refiner Operator
  • Green Feed Attendant
  • Head Filter Press Tender
  • Head Filter Tank Tender Helper
  • Head Soft Sugar Operator
  • Head Still Operator
  • Heavy Media Operator
  • Heavy Mobile Equipment Operator
  • Hide Puller
  • Hollock Maker
  • Homogenizer Operator
  • Honey Extractor
  • Honey Processor
  • Hop Strainer
  • Hopper Attendant
  • Hot Wort Settler
  • Huller Operator
  • Hydrate Control Tender
  • Hydrogenation Still Operator
  • Irish Moss Operator
  • Iron Launder Operator
  • Jelly Filter Tender
  • Kettle Operator
  • Kettle Tender
  • Lard Bleacher
  • Lard Maker
  • Lard Refiner
  • Leach Cell Operator
  • Leach Runner
  • Leach Tank Tender
  • Leacher
  • Lead Recoverer
  • Lime Kiln Operator
  • Linseed Cake Trimmer
  • Linseed Oil Boiler
  • Linseed Oil Refiner
  • Linseed Oil Temperer
  • Linter Operator
  • Linter Tender
  • Liquor Blender
  • Liquor Bridge Operator
  • Liquor Gallery Operator
  • Liquor Maker
  • Liquor Rectifier
  • Lye Bath Operator
  • Lye Machine Operator
  • Lye Peel Operator
  • Machine Binder Stripper
  • Machine Stemmer
  • Machine Stripper
  • Machine Tender
  • Malt House Operator
  • Maltster
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Maple Sugar Maker
  • Maple Syrup Maker
  • Mash Filter Operator
  • Mash Processing Operator
  • Mash Tub Cooker
  • Mash Tub Cooker Operator
  • Masher
  • Master Brewer
  • Meal Room Hand
  • Meat Grading Machine Operator
  • Melter Operator
  • Mercury Purifier
  • Mercury Washer
  • Milk Condenser
  • Milk Pasteurizer
  • Mill Operator
  • Molasses Coloring Operator
  • Molasses Preparer
  • Molybdenum Steamer Operator
  • Monitor and Storage Bin Tender
  • Monomer Purification Operator
  • Mud Tank Operator
  • Naphthalene Operator
  • Natural Gas Treating Unit Operator
  • Neutralizer
  • Nitroglycerin Separator Operator
  • Nut Sorter Operator
  • Oil Recovery Operator
  • Oil Recovery Unit Operator
  • Oil Refinery Process Technician
  • Oil Separator
  • Oil Treater
  • Oilseed Meat Presser
  • Oliver Filter Operator
  • Ore Washer
  • Pan Operator
  • Paper Machine Tender
  • Paraffin Plant Operator
  • Paraffin Plant Sweater Operator
  • Pasteurizing Machine Operator
  • Peanut Blancher
  • Percolator Operator
  • Plant Operator
  • Plasma Processing Centrifuge Operator
  • Plasma Processing Technician
  • Platinum and Palladium Kettle Tender
  • Poacher Operator
  • Polyethylene Catalyst Filtration Operator
  • Pond Tender
  • Potato Peeler
  • Potato Peeling Machine Operator
  • Precipitator
  • Press Puller
  • Pressure Tank Operator
  • Process Technician
  • Pulp Mill Operator
  • Pulp Press Tender
  • Pulper Operator
  • Pulper Tender
  • Purification Operator
  • Purifier
  • Pyridine Operator
  • Pyridine Recovery Operator
  • Recovery Operator
  • Retort Operator
  • Rice Cleaning Machine Tender
  • Riddler
  • Riddler Operator
  • Riffler Tender
  • Ripening Room Attendant
  • Rouge Miller
  • Rouge Sifter
  • Rouge Sifter and Miller
  • Rough Rice Tender
  • Rum Processing Operator
  • Salt Washer
  • Saturator
  • Saturator Operator
  • Save All Operator
  • Scrap Handler
  • Screen Operator
  • Screen Room Operator
  • Screen Tender
  • Screener
  • Screener Operator
  • Seed Cleaner
  • Seed Cleaner Operator
  • Seed Yeast Operator
  • Separating and Filtering Machine Operator
  • Separating Machine Operator
  • Separator
  • Separator Operator
  • Separator Tender
  • Shaker
  • Shaker Tender
  • Sheller
  • Shellfish Meat Separator Operator
  • Sieve Grader Tender
  • Sifting Operator
  • Silica Filter Operator
  • Skin Peeling Machine Operator
  • Slime Plant Operator
  • Sludge Mill Operator
  • Smutter
  • Soda Dialyzer
  • Solvent Process Extractor Operator
  • Sorting Machine Operator
  • Spice Cleaner
  • Spiral Runner
  • Starch Factory Laborer
  • Starchmaker
  • Steep Tender
  • Stemmer
  • Stemming Machine Operator
  • Sterile Products Processor
  • Still Operator
  • Still Operator Helper
  • Still Tender
  • Strainer Tender
  • Stripper
  • Strong-Nitric Operator
  • Sublimer
  • Sugar Boiler
  • Sweater Operator
  • Syrup Maker
  • Table Runner
  • Table Tender
  • Tallow Maker
  • Tallow Refiner
  • Tank Pumper
  • Tank Tender
  • Tapper
  • Tar Leveler
  • Tetryl Screen Operator
  • Thickener Operator
  • Thresher
  • Threshing Machine Operator
  • Time Cycle Operator
  • Tobacco Stemmer
  • Tobacco Stripper
  • Top Precipitator Operator
  • Treater
  • Turpentine Distiller
  • Vacuum Conditioner Operator
  • Vacuum Filter Operator
  • Vacuum Pan Operator
  • Vacuum Pan Tender
  • Vallez Filter Operator
  • Washer
  • Washer and Crusher Tender
  • Washer Operator
  • Washtub Worker
  • Water Filterer
  • Wax Bleacher
  • Wax Pumper
  • Wet Plant Operator
  • Wet-End Operator
  • Wheelman
  • Whey Department Operator
  • Wine Cellar Worker
  • Wine Master
  • Winemaker
  • Winery Worker
  • Winterizer
  • Wringer Operator
  • Yeast Distiller
  • Yeast Fermentation Attendant
  • Zinc-Chloride Operator


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.
  • Monitor material flow or instruments such as temperature or pressure gauges, indicators, or meters to ensure optimal processing conditions.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.
  • Test samples to determine viscosity, acidity, specific gravity, or degree of concentration, using test equipment such as viscometers, pH meters, or hydrometers.
  • Measure or weigh materials to be refined, mixed, transferred, stored, or otherwise processed.
  • Clean or sterilize tanks, screens, inflow pipes, production areas, or equipment, using hoses, brushes, scrapers, or chemical solutions.
  • Inspect machines or equipment for hazards, operating efficiency, malfunctions, wear, or leaks.
  • Dump, pour, or load specified amounts of refined or unrefined materials into equipment or containers for further processing or storage.
  • Connect pipes between vats and processing equipment.
  • Communicate processing instructions to other workers.
  • Remove clogs, defects, or impurities from machines, tanks, conveyors, screens, or other processing equipment.
  • Install, maintain, or repair hoses, pumps, filters, or screens to maintain processing equipment, using hand tools.
  • Turn valves to pump sterilizing solutions or rinse water through pipes or equipment or to spray vats with atomizers.
  • Remove full containers from discharge outlets and replace them with empty containers.
  • Pack bottles into cartons or crates, using machines.
  • Operate machines to process materials in compliance with applicable safety, energy, or environmental regulations.
  • Turn valves or move controls to admit, drain, separate, filter, clarify, mix, or transfer materials.
  • Examine samples to verify qualities such as clarity, cleanliness, consistency, dryness, or texture.
  • Start agitators, shakers, conveyors, pumps, or centrifuge machines.
  • Maintain logs of instrument readings, test results, or shift production for entry in computer databases.
  • Assemble fittings, valves, bowls, plates, disks, impeller shafts, or other parts to prepare equipment for operation.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Claw hammers
  • Colorimeters
  • Desktop computers
  • Gauging rods
  • Graduated burets
  • Grease guns
  • Handheld refractometers
  • Hydrometers
  • Industrial platform scales
  • Locking pliers
  • Personal computers
  • pH indicators
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Platform scales
  • Power drills
  • Ratchets
  • Remote reading electronic thermometers
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Viscosity meters
  • Wire brushes
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • SAP software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220