Breaking up the confectionery for packaging
Confectioners mix, shape and cook sweeteners and other ingredients to produce confectionery, including chocolate, toffee and other lollies.
Duties and Tasks
Confectioners may perform the following tasks:
- examine production schedules to determine confectionery types and quantities to be made
- check the cleanliness and operation of equipment before beginning production
- weigh, measure, mix, dissolve and boil ingredients in pans
- operate equipment that refines and tempers chocolate
- assist with coating chocolate bars and preparing chocolate products
- control temperature and pressure in cookers used to make boiled sweets, starch-moulded products, caramels, toffees, nougat and chocolate centres
- operate equipment to compress sugar mixes into sweets
- check batch consistency using a stainless steel spatula or measuring equipment such as a refractometer
- sort and inspect finished or partly finished products.
School subjects that include some aspect of HOME ECONOMICS provide a useful background to these jobs. In some cases a home economics-related subject is a pre-requisite for entry to courses that provide the training for the job.
Use of precision or semi-precision tools or instruments or deft hand movements are required for these occupations. Included are jobs where poor co-ordination or incomplete use of hands or fingers may make tasks dangerous or difficult to undertake.
Workers performing these jobs would usually be expected to spend more than three-quarters of their day indoors, in an office, factory or other enclosed area protected from the weather.
These jobs require moderate or better reading and writing skills. Workers may be expected to prepare, understand or act on written materials, such as letters or reports. People may wish to avoid these jobs if their reading or writing English skills are limited to a small range of words or phrases and symbols. Jobs remaining may still require very basic reading or writing skills.
Included are jobs involved with processing food and drink products, which are made from a variety of foodstuffs such as meat, field crops, dairy products, fruits and vegetables.
Included are jobs providing services in the hospitality and tourism industries, in areas such as accommodation, and food and beverage preparation.
These jobs involve WORKING WITH IDEAS, to creatively express, present or perform them. An appreciation of design, style, form, beauty or related concepts used to develop or interpret an idea are important. Activities include writing, painting, singing, dancing, decorating, designing and performing.
These jobs involve WORKING WITH THINGS, using the hands, or special tools or equipment to make, fix, install or adjust them. Activities include doing practical and physical tasks, and may require an understanding of how equipment or machinery works.
These jobs do not usually require completion of secondary education, however further part-time study usually at Certificate III level, and on-the-job training offered as an apprenticeship, is required.
Most confectioners work full time. Senior confectioners provide on-the-job training to lower-grade employees and coordinate work in a team environment.
- enjoy practical and manual work
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- neat and clean
- enjoy working in a team.
Stirring mixture for confectionery
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