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