Profession dairy processing operator

Dairy processing operators set up and operate continuous flow or vat-type equipment to process milk, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products following specific instructions, methods and formulas.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Food storage

    The proper conditions and methods to store food to keep it from spoiling, taking into account humidity, light, temperature and other environmental factors.

  • Dairy manufacturing specifications

    Specifications, regulations and standards to be followed in the field of dairy manufacturing. Safety of products from raw materials through to packaged state.

  • Food safety principles

    Scientific background of food safety which includes preparation, handling, and storage of food to minimise the risk of foodborne illness and other health hazards.

Skills

  • Apply HACCP

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

  • Conduct cleaning in place

    Conduct cleaning-in-place and sterilisation on all process equipment, tanks, and lines. These systems support automatic cleaning and disinfecting without the need for major disassembly and assembly.

  • Ensure sanitation

    Keep workspaces and equipment free from dirt, infection, and disease by removing waste, trash and providing for appropriate cleaning.

  • 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.

  • Follow verbal instructions

    Have the ability to follow spoken instructions received from colleagues. Strive to understand and clarify what is being requested.

  • Be at ease in unsafe environments

    Be at ease in unsafe environments like being exposed to dust, rotating equipment, hot surfaces, sub-freezing and cold storage areas, noise, wet floors and moving lift equipment.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Operate automated process control

    Operate process control or automation system (PAS) used to control a production process automatically.

  • Tend dairy processing machines

    Operate machines to process milk and other dairy products.

  • 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.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Monitor milk production deviations

    Monitoring milk production processes for deviations and non-conformance.

  • 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.

  • Maintain tanks

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

  • Secure goods according to work orders

    Fasten bands around stacks or articles, prior to shipment or storage.

  • Follow production schedule

    Follow production schedule taking into account all requirements, times and needs. This schedule outlines what individual commodities must be produced in each time period and encapsulates various concerns like production, staffing, inventory, etc. It is usually linked to manufacturing where the plan indicates when and how much of each product will be demanded. Utilise all the information in the actual implementation of the plan.

  • Use dairy test materials

    Use the appropriate equipment for a range of tests on dairy in order to obtain reliable results.

  • Work in a food processing team

    Collaborate in a team with other food processing professionals in service of the food & beverages industry.

  • Follow written instructions

    Follow written directions in order to perform a task or carry out a step-by-step procedure.

  • Disassemble equipment

    Disassembles equipment using hand tools in order to clean equipments and to perform regular operational maintenance.

  • Perform cleaning duties

    Perform cleaning duties such as waste removal, vacuuming, emptying bins, and general cleaning of the working area. Cleaning activities should follow health and safety regulations if required.

  • Follow hygienic procedures during food processing

    Ensure a clean working space according to hygienic standards in the food processing industry.

  • Carry out checks of production plant equipment

    Carry out checks of the machinery and equipment used in the production plant. Ensure that the machinery is working properly, set machines before usage, and assure continuous operability of the equipment.

  • Apply GMP

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

Optional knowledge and skills

analyse characteristics of food products at reception ultra-high temperature processing operate centrifuges label samples administer ingredients in food production ensure compliance with environmental legislation in food production perform curd processing of cheese dispose food waste apply extruding techniques operate pasteurisation processes health, safety and hygiene legislation curdling of cheese legislation about animal origin products keep machines oiled for steady functioning execute chilling processes to food products collect samples for analysis fermentation processes of food temperature scales ripening of cheese tend milk filling machines microbiology of fresh milk lift heavy weights manufacturing process of ice cream administer lactic ferment cultures to manufacturing products operate a heat treatment process operate equipment for food homogenisation set up equipment for food production