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Process Operator - Food Manufacturing (Apprenticeship)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
0724
School:
Engineering & Information Technology
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018
Accelerated Delivery?
No

About the Program

The Process Operator - Food Manufacturing (Apprenticeship) program is designed to provide the student with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to pursue a career in the food processing industry. The program is based on the MTCU Schedule of Training and consists of 300 in-class hours (Level One - 87 hours, Level Two - 153 hours, Level Three - 60 hours). The following areas are covered in the program:
- food safety and security
- food manufacturing and the environment
- electrical and instrumentation techniques
- mechanical techniques
- communication and computer skills
- continuous quality improvement

In addition to the above, the apprentice is required to complete 4,000 on-the-job hours in order to become a journeyperson. See Apprenticeship - General Information.

Program Information

Length: 300-hour Certificate program delivered in three components
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: Varies

Admission Requirements

Note:

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.

Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson

Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.

On-the-Job Experience

Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.

Tuition & Fees

Fees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
Books and parking fees are additional.
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates will experience employment in the largest manufacturing sector in Canada and may find work in small-, medium- and large-sized food manufacturing companies in skilled positions such as machine operator, maintenance technician, and leadership roles.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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.

Program Courses

Course Details (0724)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
FOOD1115 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 course covers Food Safety, Food Plant Security and Food Manufacturing - Environmental Management. The content is based on the MTCU schedule of training for a Process Operator - Food Manufacturing apprenticeship program.
Hours: 87
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
FOOD1130 Electrical and Instrumentation - Processing

Description: This course covers training in the fundamentals of electrical theory and operating principles and their application to a typical food and/or beverage processing line. The apprentice is given fundamental skills in working with PLC, ControlLogix systems as well as trouble shooting and minor corrections for optimum performance of AC/DC electrical controls and automatic systems. The apprentice works with typical instrumentation systems, sensors and digital control systems found in the food and beverage processing industry.
Hours: 96
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD1140 Mechanical Techniques in Food Processing

Description: The successful completion of this course enables the apprentice to apply skills to work safely with the mechanical components of a food or beverage processing line using tools and equipment to make adjustments to conveyors and conveying systems, transfer mediums and adjust and trouble shoot pneumatic/hydraulic and mechanical systems. The apprentice also studies the implications of work order management systems and documentation requirements and the fundamentals of lubrication.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FOOD1150 Communication and Computer Skills

Description: Apprentices will learn how to use spreadsheet and word processing software to generate reports and communicate effectively with others.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
FOOD2000 Continuous Quality Improvement

Description: Through successful completion of this course the apprentice will be able to apply training in Statistical Process Control, Lean and TPM concepts, six sigma concepts and problem solving techniques to make continuous improvements to the process. The apprentice will also develop an awareness of equipment failure analysis techniques, energy management techniques and learn how to use effective operator preventive maintenance systems.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Program Objectives

Program Handbook

Handbook

Apprenticeship Registration

Apprenticeship registration occurs after an employer is found. To register as an apprentice you or your employer may call the local Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email to Kitchener.apprenticeship@ontario.ca to request registration and have an agreement prepared. Once you have registered as an apprentice and have received your offer of classroom training, you will be required to confirm your seat with Conestoga College and pay the appropriate classroom fee. Apprentices are enrolled to class on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades www.collegeoftrades.ca. Information about apprenticeship registration can also be found on the Ministry website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training. Another helpful website is www.apprenticesearch.com.
For more information on apprenticeship, call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656 or the local Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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