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

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What do they 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.

Also known as:

Blender / Cook, Brewer, Cellar Worker, Cheese Maker, Digester Cook, Dryer Operator, Green Feed Attendant, Machine Tender, Mash Processing Operator, Mill Operator, Paper Machine Tender, Plant Operator, Process Technician, Processing Operator, Pulp Mill Operator, Pulper Operator, Rum Processing Operator, Screen Operator, Utility Operator, Whey Department Operator, Winemaker

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 1.4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #29 in job growth rate
  • 170

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #15 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.6%)
  • Master's degree (4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (18%)
  • Associate's degree (10.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (27.3%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (32.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (7.3%)

Percent of workers in this field

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment.
  • Operate mixing equipment.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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