Profession refining machine operator

Refining machine operators tend machines to refine crude oils, such as soybean oil, cottonseed oil, and peanut oil. They tend wash tanks to remove by-products and remove impurities with heat.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Origin of dietary fats and oils

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

  • Mechanical tools

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

  • Alkali stages of refining processes for edible oils

    Stages of the alkali refining process for edible oils which include heating, conditioning, neutralising, re-refining, washing of oils.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Monitor centrifugal separators

    Operating and monitoring centrifugal separators.

  • Tend centrifuge machines

    Operate centrifuge that purifies animal and vegetable oils. Position filter cloth on centrifuge supply tank. Start centrifuge and transfer filtered material from centrifuge into portable tank.

  • Measure density of liquids

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

  • Control flow of oils

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

  • Follow hygienic procedures during food processing

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

  • 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.

  • Ensure sanitation

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

  • Apply HACCP

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

  • Apply GMP

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Operate centrifuges

    Adjust working condition as speed and time of centrifuges according to the requirements of the product in process. Operate centrifuges.

  • 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.

  • Lift heavy weights

    Lift heavy weights and apply ergonomic lifting techniques to avoid damaging the body.

  • Prepare engine room for operation

    Prepare and start main engine and auxiliary engines; prepare machinery in engine room prior to departure; know and follow starting procedures according to checklist.

  • Disassemble equipment

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

chemistry ensure compliance with environmental legislation in food production liaise with colleagues label samples health, safety and hygiene legislation address problems critically degum liquids free fatty acid elimination processes act reliably interpret data in food manufacturing oil seed process keep machines oiled for steady functioning check sensorial parameters of oils and fats perform cleaning duties set up equipment for food production write routine reports exert quality control to processing food liaise with managers

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