Basic Job Description:
Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.
1) Analyze test results to classify products, or compare results with standard tables.
2) Compute moisture or salt content, percentages of ingredients, formulas, or other product factors, using mathematical and chemical procedures.
3) Conduct standardized tests on food, beverages, additives, and preservatives in order to ensure compliance with standards and regulations regarding factors such as color, texture, and nutrients.
4) Examine chemical and biological samples in order to identify cell structures, and to locate bacteria, or extraneous material, using microscope.
5) Prepare slides and incubate slides with cell cultures.
6) Provide assistance to food scientists and technologists in research and development, production technology, and quality control.
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7) Record and compile test results, and prepare graphs, charts, and reports.
8) Clean and sterilize laboratory equipment.
9) Measure, test, and weigh bottles, cans, and other containers in order to ensure hardness, strength, and dimensions that meet specifications.
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10) Mix, blend, or cultivate ingredients in order to make reagents or to manufacture food or beverage products.
11) Order supplies needed to maintain inventories in laboratories or in storage facilities of food or beverage processing plants.
12) Taste or smell foods or beverages in order to ensure that flavors meet specifications, or to select samples with specific characteristics.
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Holland / RIASEC Career Code: R-I-C SOC: 19-4011.02