Food Processing Technician (Optional Co-op)
Program DetailsCredential: 2-Year Ontario College Diploma
This 16-month program is designed to prepare students for a career as a Food Processing Technician in the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry. Emphasis is placed on mechanical systems and preventative maintenance for the high technology equipment used in a food manufacturing operation.
Relevant aspects of industrial maintenance, machine technology, pumps, valves, as well as an introduction to food science, food processing methods, and an overview of manufacturing concepts are covered. All theoretical training is supported by hands-on experience in mechanical shops, and in a state-of-the-art food processing pilot plant.
Graduates of this program apply their skills in predictive/preventative/corrective maintenance procedures, equipment operation and sanitation practices, health and safety practices, food safety practices, and have good communication, leadership and problem-solving skills.
Student AvailabilityConestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.
Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.
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Work Term Capabilities
- Apply mechanical skills (tool selection, lubrication, minor equipment
repairs) to activities specific to the food processing environment
- Participate in preventive and corrective maintenance activities as part of
a maintenance team
- Apply food safety concepts (including cleaning and sanitation of
equipment) to the manufacture of food products
- Interpret technical documentation typical in a food manufacturing
environment, including SOPS, PMs, SSOPs, JSOs
- Perform tasks effectively both individually and as a member of a work
- Perform manufacturing specific tasks in accordance with legislation, safe
practices, policies, procedures, standards, regulations and ethical
- Under supervision, quickly learn to operate automated food processing
equipment according to industry standard principles and practices
- Handle materials (ingredients, packaging materials, cleaning chemicals)
respecting GMPs, Health and Safety rules and regulations and Food Safety
- Implement continuous improvement tools, including Lean and Six-Sigma in a team environment
Sample Job TitlesContinuous Improvement Leader, Machine Operator, Maintenance Technician, Material Handler, Batching Associate, Processing Associate, Packaging Associate, QA / QC / Food Safety Associate
Program CoursesTo see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.
Wage DataConestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students. See the Schedule and Wage Data for details.
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Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220 ext. 3216