Dairy Processing Operator
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
11d ago

Pay for dairy processing operators varies depending on skills and experience.

  • Entry-level dairy processing operators earn between $50,000 and $60,000 a year.
  • Experienced dairy processing operators earn between $60,000 and $70,000.
  • Senior dairy processing operators earn between $70,000 and $80,000, or more.
  • Source : Primary ITO, 2018.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Dairy processing operators may do some or all of the following :

  • receive and process milk / products coming onto the site
  • operate equipment to make and package dairy products
  • take samples of, and test dairy products
  • clean and sterilise equipment
  • identify ways to improve the dairy-product-making process.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Dairy processing operators need to have knowledge of :

  • milk chemistry and microbiology
  • how to operate dairy processing equipment
  • the types of dairy products they are making and the ingredients they need to use
  • how to properly clean equipment used
  • health and safety practices and regulations
  • Working conditions

    Dairy processing operators :

  • usually do shift work, which includes early mornings, nights, weekends and public holidays
  • usually work in dairy processing plants
  • may work in hot, cold or noisy conditions.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become a dairy processing operator. However, a New Zealand Certificate in Dairy Processing (Level 3, 4 or 5) or a New Zealand Diploma in Dairy Processing may be useful.

    It is also useful to have completed courses in any of :

  • science
  • project management
  • Secondary education

    A minimum of four years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include chemistry, maths and processing technologies.

    Personal requirements

    Dairy processing operators need to be :

  • patient and practical
  • efficient and organised
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to work well in a team or alone
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to keep accurate records.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for dairy processing operators includes :

  • manufacturing work
  • work on a dairy farm
  • laboratory work
  • any work involving food handling and hygiene.
  • Physical requirements

    Dairy processing operators need to be reasonably fit, as they spend long periods on their feet and may be required to lift heavy objects.

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