What does a Mixing and Blending Machine Setter, Operator, and Tender do?

Set up, operate, or tend machines to mix or blend materials, such as chemicals, tobacco, liquids, color pigments, or explosive ingredients.

Jobs Roles

  • Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, or products to ensure conformance to requirements.
  • Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.
  • 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.
  • Dump or pour specified amounts of materials into machinery or equipment.
  • Observe production or monitor equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  • Stop mixing or blending machines when specified product qualities are obtained and open valves and start pumps to transfer mixtures.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing.
  • Add or mix chemicals or ingredients for processing, using hand tools or other devices.
  • Examine materials, ingredients, or products visually or with hands to ensure conformance to established standards.
  • Record operational or production data on specified forms.
  • Transfer materials, supplies, or products between work areas, using moving equipment or hand tools.
  • Tend accessory equipment, such as pumps or conveyors, to move materials or ingredients through production processes.
  • Read work orders to determine production specifications or information.
  • Compound or process ingredients or dyes, according to formulas.
  • Unload mixtures into containers or onto conveyors for further processing.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
  • Dislodge and clear jammed materials or other items from machinery or equipment, using hand tools.
  • Open valves to drain slurry from mixers into storage tanks.
  • Mix or blend ingredients by starting machines and mixing for specified times.
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