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Food Processing Techniques

Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

This program provides training for those interested in beginning a career with the food and beverage manufacturing industry. It is a general preparation program that includes an overview of the food industry, an introduction to foods and food science, a comprehensive course on food safety, a description of different processing methods and an overview of the principles of food manufacturing. All theoretical training is supported by laboratory practice (food chemistry, microbiology, sensory evaluations, shelf life studies), food processing experience at a semi-industrial (pilot plant) level and by a non-paid placement in industry. This placement will give students the opportunity to be exposed to a real food manufacturing environment and to further develop their understanding of food processing and food safety.

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Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 25

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

Financial Assistance

This program is currently not approved for OSAP funding . The application seeking approval for OSAP assistance will be (or has been) forwarded to the Student Support Branch for review. Please check our website frequently for updates.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be able to seek entry-level positions such as line worker, plant sanitation worker, and batcher in the food and beverage processing industry.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (0729)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
CDEV2070 Career Development

Description: This course emphasizes the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and activities required in order to identify appropriate and rewarding employment opportunities and to participate in the typical job search process for entry-level roles. Students will learn to evaluate their skills in order to develop self-marketing techniques such as cover letters, resumes, and outlining achievements. Mock interviews will provide the student with interview experience as well as feedback on their strengths and areas to be improved.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

COMP1255 Computer Applications

Description: The student is introduced to the basics of computer operating systems and file management. The student will gain practical knowledge of various software applications such as: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

FOOD1205 Food Safety - Level 1

Description: The Food Safety Course is designed to provide the student with general knowledge of food safety including food safety hazards, Good Manufacturing Practices and food safety systems, as well as basic knowledge of food plant security and of the impact of food manufacturing on the environment. The content is based on the MTCU schedule of training for a Process Operator - Food Manufacturing apprenticeship program.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5

FOOD1215 Food Processing I

Description: This course will give students an introduction to the Food Industry, and also cover principles of food science and food composition, basic processing methods, and food regulations. Students will be introduced to food processing equipment in the pilot plant as well as to food testing in the laboratory.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5

FOOD1220 Principles of Manufacturing

Description: The student will be given an overview of key topics in a manufacturing business. Areas include: Business, Leadership and Teamwork, Quality Concepts, Traceability, Statistical Process Control, Continuous Improvement, Preventative Maintenance, Lean Manufacturing, Sustainability and Environmental Impact.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

MATH1510 Applied Technical Mathematics I

Description: This course, when successfully completed, will provide an understanding of terminology, basic concepts and applications of fractions, ratio, proportion, percent, unit conversion, pre-algebra, and basic algebra in solving technical problems pertaining to Millwrighting. The fundamentals of International System of Units (SI) will be discussed to assist students in developing a functional knowledge of the metric system. Perform occupational calculations in the imperial and metric systems to solve technical problems pertaining to Millwrighting.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

MILL1350 Workshop Practice

Description: This course will develop the student's knowledge of safety legislation, lock-out and isolation procedures, protective clothing and equipment, confined space procedures, housekeeping rules, fire, electrical and chemical hazards. In addition, students will gain skill in the selection, safe use and care of the cutting and non-cutting tools, as well as units of measurement used in a mechanical workshop and skill in the use of measuring devices.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
FOOD1240 Food Processing II

Description: This hands-on course will provide the students with practical knowledge of food processing methods (e.g. pasteurization, cooking, filling, capping, and packaging), food safety, equipment sanitation, and food testing. Through pilot plant trials complemented with theory sessions, students will understand food manufacturing concepts such as quality, traceability, statistical process control, continuous improvement, preventative maintenance, lean manufacturing, sustainability and waste management.
Hours: 120
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: FOOD1210 or FOOD1215

FOOD1250 Food Processing Situational Analysis

Description: In this seminar course, a guided discussion forum will provide students with an opportunity to share and analyze actual situations encountered during their placement with industry and in the pilot plant. They will also plan for upcoming pilot plant activities. Home assignments and class discussion will encourage students to identify alternate options to existing situations in their industry placement.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
CoRequisites: FOOD1240, FOOD1260

FOOD1260 Industry Practice

Description: This course will provide the student with real-life exposure to a food processing environment and the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge through a placement with industry The student is required to follow actual industry work shifts and perform activities such as, batching, cleaning and sanitation, material handling and others as needed.
Hours: 315
Credits: 11
CoRequisites: FOOD1240, FOOD1250

Program Outcomes

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