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
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.
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 :
A minimum of four years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include chemistry, maths and processing technologies.
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 for dairy processing operators includes :
work on a dairy farm
any work involving food handling and hygiene.
Dairy processing operators need to be reasonably fit, as they spend long periods on their feet and may be required to lift heavy objects.