A batch mixer is an employee who carefully measures and adds ingredients to a large mix to create a useful, large-scale batch of material to be worked with. Batch mixers can typically be found working in commercial bakeries and food manufacturing plants. Construction crews, however, also call their employees who mix concretes, grouts, and epoxies batch mixers. While the applications are certainly very different, the actual job executions can be quite similar.
For a batch mixer working in a commercial bakery, the job requirements involve having an extremely detail-oriented approach to things. The recipes for various types of dough and other food-prep staples are very precise. The batch mixer must not only be able to adhere exactly to all recipe ingredients and the way they are folded into the batch. They also may be required to adjust amounts for batches created at various sizes. The batch mixer must be able to calculate ingredients in detail, while also understanding the limitations certain recipes have related to inflating or reducing the amount required.
To work as a batch mixer, a person typically must only have a high school diploma. For batch mixers in commercial baking and food preparation, prior experience in the field and demonstrated competency with detail-oriented tasks is a must. For those in construction fields, practical experience in working with mixed materials is the usual track. Batch mixers in bakeries tend to work very early mornings during the week, although shift work can be common. For construction workers, the employment can be seasonal, and during these periods, they work regular business hours on job sites.
Batch Mixer Tasks
Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, or products to ensure conformance to requirements.
Mix or blend materials, ingredients, or products by starting machines and mixing for specified times.
Observe production or monitor equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation.
Compound or process ingredients or dyes, according to formulas.