Food Processing Technology

Program Manager:

Marc Harm


(208) 732-6376


Student Success Advisor Name:

JoAnn Schroedter

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Program Overview:

The Food Processing Technology Program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to obtain employment in the food processing industry. The program is broad enough to encompass different food processing facilities, yet specific enough to provide necessary skills. First year students will learn sanitation, basic food processing equipment, HACCP (Hazard Analyses Critical Control Point), GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices), Lean production concepts, safety (including OSHA 30 and forklift training) and be introduced to controls and instrumentation. 

Second year students can select one of three options. Students interested in controls or automation will select classes in PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), electronics, automation, and robotics. Students interested in quality assurance and quality control will select classes in GLP (good laboratory practices), internal and external auditing of food plants, and advanced HACCP concepts. Students may also select a combination of both pathways. This program is project-based and offers a variety of internships to gain experience.

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Career Information:

Food Scientists and Technologists, Production Supervisors, Quality Control/Assurance Technicians, Sanitation Technician/Manager, Food Safety Manager/Auditor, Maintenance Technician, Controls Technician, Food Processing Equipment Operator