Food Batchmakers

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About the Job

Set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.

It is also Called

  • Seasoning Mixer
  • Sausage Mixer
  • Sausage Machine Operator
  • Sausage Grinder
  • Sandwich Maker
  • Relish Maker
  • Refined Syrup Operator
  • Production Worker
  • Processor
  • Processing Operator
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What They Do

  • Homogenize or pasteurize material to prevent separation or to obtain prescribed butterfat content, using a homogenizing device.
  • Cool food product batches on slabs or in water-cooled kettles.
  • Place products on carts or conveyors to transfer them to the next stage of processing.
  • Formulate or modify recipes for specific kinds of food products.
  • Operate refining machines to reduce the particle size of cooked batches.
  • Give directions to other workers who are assisting in the batchmaking process.
  • Manipulate products, by hand or using machines, to separate, spread, knead, spin, cast, cut, pull, or roll products.
  • Inspect and pack the final product.
  • Determine mixing sequences, based on knowledge of temperature effects and of the solubility of specific ingredients.
  • Examine, feel, and taste product samples during production to evaluate quality, color, texture, flavor, and bouquet, and document the results.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.


In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $29,160 with most people making between $20,820 and $44,010


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 14,800 people in California. It is projected that there will be 16,000 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 120 openings due to growth and about 320 replacement openings for approximately 440 total annual openings.