Profession fat-purification worker

Fat-purification workers operate acidulation tanks and equipment that help with the separation of undesirable components from oils.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Chemical processes

    The relevant chemical processes used in manufacture, such as purification, seperation, emulgation and dispergation processing.

  • Origin of dietary fats and oils

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

  • Hydrogenation processes for edible oils

    Hydrogenation processes of different oils which reduce saturation and affect physical properties such as melting point and taste.

  • Process of animal fat purification

    Process of animal fat purification whereby animal fats are processed by repeated melting over water or bleaching by chemicals for the removal of small solid particles.

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Boil water

    Boils water in large quantities to perform procedures of manufacturing to food products (e.g. almond blanching).

  • Control flow of oils

    Adjust controls to regulate flow of oils through lines and tanks.

  • Tend open pans

    Tend open pans heated by direct fire to melt oil for purification purposes.

  • Tend agitation machine

    Tend agitation machine ensuring that there is a uniform agitation of the batch.

  • Assess oil hardness

    Assess samples to make sure that hardness of oils are in accordance with specifications.

  • Measure density of liquids

    Measuring the density of liquids, including oils, using instruments such as hygrometers, or oscillating tubes.

  • Control flow of matter used in oil processing

    Adjust rate of flow of hydrogen, steam, air and water into converter. Weigh and add specified amounts of catalytic agents and other chemicals to harden batch of oils or fats.

  • Tend acidulation tanks

    Tend acidulation tanks and equipment to separate undesirable compounds from oils.

  • 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.

  • Mark differences in colours

    The ability to mark or detect differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • Check sensorial parameters of oils and fats

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wash oils

    Wash oils to reduce the soap left over in the oil after the first stage of refining. Heat the oil to the right temperature, then add a certain amount of wash water to be mixed into the oil by the dynamic mixer. Operate the flow meter for hot water and the electro-pneumatic metering valve.

  • Apply GMP

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

  • Filter edible oils

    Filter oil as one of the processes of oil extraction. Pump oil, using equipment such as sifters or cloths, and adhere to health and safety regulations.

  • Apply HACCP

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

Optional knowledge and skills

use logical reasoning perform cleaning duties follow written instructions liaise with managers liaise with colleagues follow hygienic procedures during food processing follow verbal instructions degum liquids exert quality control to processing food ensure compliance with environmental legislation in food production perform detailed food processing operations label samples act reliably