A machine operator in the food and beverage industry may work in a variety of different settings including fruit and vegetable processing plants dairies, bakeries, breweries, and meat plants among others. Their jobs require them to operate several machines designed to grind, extract, blend, cook, or package food products and beverages.

An attention to detail and observant mind are beneficial skills to have, as a machine operator will also be required to read and understand computer printouts and information gauges on the machines.