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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- Realistic / Conventional
- 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.
- 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 storage
The proper conditions and methods to store food to keep it from spoiling, taking into account humidity, light, temperature and other environmental factors.
- 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.
- 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.
- Follow written instructions
Follow written directions in order to perform a task or carry out a step-by-step procedure.
- Use dairy test materials
Use the appropriate equipment for a range of tests on dairy in order to obtain reliable results.
- 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.
- Follow verbal instructions
Have the ability to follow spoken instructions received from colleagues. Strive to understand and clarify what is being requested.
- Apply GMP
Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply HACCP
Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).
- 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.
- Work in a food processing team
Collaborate in a team with other food processing professionals in service of the food & beverages industry.
- Follow hygienic procedures during food processing
Ensure a clean working space according to hygienic standards in the food processing industry.
- 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.
- 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.
- Monitor milk production deviations
Monitoring milk production processes for deviations and non-conformance.
- 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.
- Secure goods according to work orders
Fasten bands around stacks or articles, prior to shipment or storage.
- Operate automated process control
Operate process control or automation system (PAS) used to control a production process automatically.
- Ensure sanitation
Keep workspaces and equipment free from dirt, infection, and disease by removing waste, trash and providing for appropriate cleaning.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tend dairy processing machines
Operate machines to process milk and other dairy products.
Optional knowledge and skillsensure compliance with environmental legislation in food production ripening of cheese dispose food waste keep machines oiled for steady functioning administer lactic ferment cultures to manufacturing products operate pasteurisation processes operate centrifuges perform curd processing of cheese execute chilling processes to food products label samples collect samples for analysis health, safety and hygiene legislation temperature scales tend milk filling machines operate a heat treatment process curdling of cheese manufacturing process of ice cream microbiology of fresh milk legislation about animal origin products set up equipment for food production analyse characteristics of food products at reception fermentation processes of food administer ingredients in food production ultra-high temperature processing lift heavy weights operate equipment for food homogenisation apply extruding techniques
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