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 processescarry out routine testing of food ingredients, packaging and food products to ensure that safety, quality, health and legal standards are metperform physical, chemical and microbiological tests, and report on content, nutritional value, flavour, aroma and appearancecollect information from surveys and observationsrecord test results and prepare graphs and reportsassist food technologists with research and development, production technology and quality controlmix, blend or cultivate ingredients to make reagents (agents to be used in chemical testing) or to manufacture food or beverage productsdevelop, operate, maintain and repair equipment for use in food production, research and testinginspect, analyse and recommend ways of improving quality and efficiency of productioncheck handling, processing and storage of raw materialscheck and maintain cleanliness and sanitation of laboratory equipmentmeasure, test or weigh bottles, cans or other containers to ensure they meet specifications.
- 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.