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Dairy process operators may do some or all of the following

  • mix and cook dairy product ingredients
  • mould or shape the dairy product
  • monitor how the product matures over time
  • take samples of the dairy product
  • test dairy product samples
  • operate machinery (to make and package dairy products)
  • clean and sterilise machinery.

Dairy process operators need to have

  • knowledge of the ingredients and types of dairy products they are making
  • knowledge of production methods and quality control
  • an understanding of health and safety regulations
  • technical skills including how to use and care for equipment
  • an understanding of milk chemistry and microbiology
  • basic maths skills
  • the ability to keep accurate records
  • basic laboratory and computer skills
  • decision-making skills and organisational ability.

Mechanical skills, such as the ability to maintain and operate machinery, may also be useful.


Dairy process operators need to be

  • patient, efficient and practical
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to work well in a team or alone
  • able to follow instructions and make good judgements.