Conche Machine Operator

The tasks a Conche Operator (Sugar & Confectionery) is expected to perform include:

Operating conche machine to heat and agitate refined chocolate mass with cocoa butter to enrich colour, flavour and texture

Pumping specified amount of chocolate mixture into steam-heated stationary tank or rotary drum

Metering out specified amount of such ingredients as cocoa butter or flavourings

Turning steam valves and adjusting thermostat to heat contents of tank or drum to specified temperature

Pushing lever to start agitators and rotating drum

Pushing levers to change rate of agitation, drum rotation and temperature following specified time cycles

Observing and tasting mixture to evaluate conformity to standard and sending sample to laboratory for analysis

Adjusting temperature, agitation speed and timing cycle

Adding ingredients such as cocoa butter and lecithin according to laboratory findings

Pumping mixture into the storage tank

Knowledge of thermostat use and operations

Skilled in techniques to ensure optimum usage

Basic knowledge of repairing conche and related machines

Skilled in assessing the quality of the final product

Knowledge of criticality of temperature on the final product output

Ability to use conches of different shapes and sizes

Not applicable



Good observational skills

Team player

It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option maybe available

Working hours
Companies usually work for 6/7 days a week and 9/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous as per The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

For freshers - INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Food Industry in India

According to IBEF, the Indian food industry is poised for huge growth, increasing its contribution in world food trade every year. Accounting for about 32% of the country?s total food market, the food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. The Indian food and grocery market is the world?s sixth largest, with retail contributing 70% of the sales. It is projected to grow at the rate of 104%, touching US$ 482 billion by 2020. The Indian gourmet food market is currently valued at US$ 1.3 billion and is growing at a CAGR of 20%. It is expected to cross US$ 2.8 billion by 2015.

With increasing demand of quality food and food products in India, the employment for this sector is on a rise. Skilled professionals are always required in food industry and ITIs across India are supporting the cause in order to improve employment in this sector. Conche Operator (Sugar & Confectionery) is an important professional when it comes to the production of confectionery.

Candy and chocolate making industry


Food processing companies

Cities and towns across India