Food Technician

Summary

Food technicians check production processes and product quality, and undertake maintenance and basic repair of equipment. They also assist food technologists with developing food products and establishing standards for production and packaging.

Duties & Tasks

Food technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • monitor food production processes
  • carry out routine testing of food ingredients, packaging and food products to ensure that safety, quality, health and legal standards are met
  • perform physical, chemical and microbiological tests, and report on content, nutritional value, flavour, aroma and appearance
  • collect information from surveys and observations
  • record test results and prepare graphs and reports
  • assist food technologists with research and development, production technology and quality control
  • mix, blend or cultivate ingredients to make reagents (agents to be used in chemical testing) or to manufacture food or beverage products
  • develop, operate, maintain and repair equipment for use in food production, research and testing
  • inspect, analyse and recommend ways of improving quality and efficiency of production
  • check handling, processing and storage of raw materials
  • check and maintain cleanliness and sanitation of laboratory equipment
  • measure, test or weigh bottles, cans or other containers to ensure they meet specifications.

Personal Requirements

  • aptitude for mathematics and science
  • problem-solving skills
  • enjoy scientific activities
  • good observation skills
  • show initiative
  • able to work as part of a team
  • good organisation skills
  • strong attention to detail.

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