Profession starch extraction operator

Starch extraction operators use equipment to extract starch from raw material such as corn, potatoes, rice, tapioca, wheat, etc.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Starch production processes

    Processes of starch production from tending cleaners to millers, to separators, washing screens, centrifugal separators to starch.

  • Variety of starches

    Variety of starches including acid thinned, oxidised, cationic, succinate, and phosphate starches.

Skills

  • Disassemble equipment

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

  • Follow written instructions

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

  • 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.

  • Tend sugar refinery equipment

    Control semiautomatic refinery equipment to convert starch into sugars and concentrate sugars to required density.

  • Secure goods according to work orders

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

  • 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).

  • Stabilise pH of starches

    Stabilise pH of starches by performing pH tests, adding chemicals for the purpose in adequate quantities.

  • 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 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.

  • Administer chemicals to starch production

    Administer different chemicals to the production of starch in order to obtain different kinds of starches for a range of purposes.

  • Follow verbal instructions

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

  • 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.

  • Tend hoses

    Use hoses to wash centrifuge, caring for the integrity of the machine and minimising waste of water.

  • Neutralise sugar liquors

    Add acids or bases to neutralise converted sugar liquors. Verify the concentration using a pH meter.

  • 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).

  • Use filters to dewater starch

    Use filters to wash and dewater starch slurry to prepare it for further processing into starch and dextrins, sweeteners and ethanol.

  • Work in a food processing team

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

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • Follow hygienic procedures during food processing

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

  • Collect samples for analysis

    Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

liaise with managers assess food samples dispose food waste set up equipment for food production keep machines oiled for steady functioning label samples ensure compliance with environmental legislation in food production test starch samples liaise with colleagues act reliably