Food Processing Technician (Optional Co-op)

Program Details

Credential: 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 Availability

Conestoga 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.
Work/Study Sequence - Food Processing Technician
Year Fall (Sept. - Dec.) Winter (Jan. - Apr.) Spring/Summer (May - Aug.)
Year 1 Classes Classes Work Term
Year 2 Classes    

Work Term Capabilities

Sample Job Titles

Continuous Improvement Leader, Machine Operator, Maintenance Technician, Material Handler, Batching Associate, Processing Associate, Packaging Associate, QA / QC / Food Safety Associate

Program Courses

To see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.

Wage Data

Conestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students. See the Schedule and Wage Data for details.

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Contact Information

Do you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:

Ken Buitenhuis
Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220 ext. 3216