Food and Beverage Factory Worker Kaimahi Tohitū Whakanao Kai/Inu
Food and beverage factory workers prepare ingredients, operate machinery, and bottle or package food and drink.
Food and beverage factory workers may do some or all of the following:
- measure, mix and cook ingredients
- peel and slice food
- control the temperature and automated processes for making products
- check the quality of the product and record results during the production process
- operate and maintain machines
- inspect and pack the final product
- clean and sterilise the factory processing area.
Food and beverage factory workers need to be reasonably fit and strong as they can spend long periods on their feet and may need to do heavy lifting.
A high standard of personal cleanliness and good hand-eye co-ordination are also important.
Useful experience for food and beverage factory workers includes:
- supermarket and restaurant work
- factory work
- bakery work
- brewery work
- manufacturing work.
Food and beverage factory workers need to be:
- accurate and careful, with good attention to detail
- able to work at a fast pace
- good at maths
- responsible and able to make good judgements
- good team workers
- good at communicating
- able to follow instructions.
Food and beverage factory workers need to have knowledge of:
- the product being made or processed
- safety and hygiene regulations
- practical skills to operate machinery.
Food and beverage factory workers:
- may work overtime and do shift work
- work in factories
- usually work on their feet, and in conditions that may be noisy, wet, slippery, hot or cold.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a food and beverage factory worker. However, English, maths and processing technologies are useful.
Food and beverage factory workers may progress into supervisory roles on the factory floor or move into management roles such as production manager.
Food and beverage factory workers may specialise in:
- blending drinks
- machine setting
- brewing beer
- bottling wine
- milling flour
- quality control.
Years Of Training
There are no specific requirements to become a food and beverage factory worker. However, some employers may require you to have a driver's licence and pass a pre-employment drug test.
Food and beverage factory workers may complete a New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Processing (Level 2 or 3) while working.