Profession blending plant operator

Blending plant operators control equipment to weigh and mix vegetable oils used in products such as salad oil and margarines. They tend pump oils to perform the blending according to specific formulas. They draw off samples of mixed oil to examine its texture and colour and based on that make adjustments to blending processes.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Mechanical tools

    Understand machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Origin of dietary fats and oils

    The difference between dietary fats and oils derived from animals and vegetables.

Skills

  • Apply GMP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

  • Ensure health, safety and security measures

    Take responsibility for health, safety and security measures in the workplace including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate. Apply health and safety standards. Adhere strictly to the site safety rules and systems and equipment operational procedures.

  • Follow quality standards

    Apply a set of measures and standards concerning the quality of processes or products, ensuring that quality is maintained and improved during work activities.

  • Apply HACCP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

  • Pump products

    Operate pumping machines according to specific procedures and depending on the kind of product. Ensure correct quantities and adequate feeding for the process.

  • Collect samples for analysis

    Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.

  • Perform preliminary operations for oil extraction

    Perform preliminary operations to raw materials such as cracking, shelling and dehulling before the oil extraction.

  • Use tools for construction and repair

    Construct and repair ships and equipment using hand tools, machine tools, and measuring instruments. Safely carry out emergency or temporary repairs. Take measures to ensure a safe working environment. Use various types of sealants and packaging.

  • Monitor oil blending process

    Monitor the blending process of oil. Make adjustments to blending process according to results of tests.

  • Assess quality characteristics of food products

    Assess quality characteristics of food products in terms of the main properties (e.g. physical, sensorial, chemical, technological, etc.) for raw materials, half-finished products, as well as finish products.

  • Support management of raw materials

    Support management of raw materials and plants required by the department for production. Oversee the needs for material and notify when stock levels reach re-order levels.

  • Ensure public safety and security

    Implement the relevant procedures, strategies and use the proper equipment to promote local or national security activities for the protection of data, people, institutions, and property.

  • Check sensorial parameters of oils and fats

    Check sensorial parameters of olive oils, seed oils and edible fats such as taste, smell and touch.

  • Develop work programmes

    Develop annual work programs for resource usage which will benefit the environment and forest production.

  • Tend mixing oil machine

    Use machines to weigh and mix vegetable oils for products, such as salad oils, shortening and margarine, according to formula.

  • Maintain tanks

    Clean and keep in adequate condition tanks, basins, and filter beds using hand tools and power tools.

  • Clean food and beverage machinery

    Clean machinery used for food or beverage production processes. Prepare the appropriate solutions for cleaning. Prepare all parts and assure that they are clean enough to avoid deviation or errors in the production process.

  • Winterise fats

    Perform winterising on fats which consists in removing fatty stearin.

  • Administer ingredients in food production

    Ngredients to be added and the required amounts according to the recipe and the way those ingredients are to be administered.

  • Refine edible oils

    Refine edible oils to make them suitable for human consumption. Remove impurities and toxic substances performing processes such as bleaching, deodorisation and cooling.

  • Tend equipment for oil extraction

    Tend equipment that strains stearin from vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, corn oil, and cottonseed oil to produce salad oil. Chill the oil in a chilling tank for the specified time to solidify stearin. Use air pressure to force oil through filters and trap suspended stearin.

  • Apply requirements concerning manufacturing of food and beverages

    Apply and follow national, international, and internal requirements quoted in standards, regulations and other specifications related with manufacturing of food and beverages.

Optional knowledge and skills

manage carbonation levels work independently in service of a food production process set up equipment for food production measure density of liquids dispose food waste conform to health and safety regulations label samples exert quality control to processing food ensure compliance with environmental legislation in food production

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