Department: General Department
Food technologists develop the manufacturing processes and recipes of food and drink products. He works on existing and newly discovered ingredients and technologies to invent new recipes and concepts, as well as modify foods to create, for example, fat-free products and ready meals.
Food technologists are involved in conducting experiments and producing sample products, as well as designing the processes and machinery for making products with a consistent flavor, color and texture in large quantities. This must be done within a strict and ever-changing regulatory framework around the treatment of foodstuffs.
The work may also involve building relationships with suppliers and customers, as well as ensuring products are profitable.
Typical work activities
Typical activities include:
· Modifying existing products and processes and developing new ones.
· Checking and improving quality control procedures in our own factories and suppliers' kitchen, from the raw material stage through to the finished product.
· Researching current consumer markets and latest technologies to develop new product concepts.
· Selecting raw materials and other ingredients from suppliers.
· Preparing product costing based on raw materials and manufacturing costs to ensure profitable products.
· Addressing issues of safety and quality.
In food manufacturing, the work may also involve:
· Carrying out process support and development, new product development, and quality control.
· Developing the ability to repeat processes to ensure consistency and safety.
· Liaising and cooperating with technical and commercial colleagues in procurement, sales and technical services, and marketing and distribution, and also with official food inspection and hygiene agencies (this takes up a considerable proportion of time on the manufacturing side).
In retailing, typical work activities include:
· Working with suppliers on quality issues and new product ideas.
In the public sector, the work involves:
· Carrying out administration and devising policy for government departments.
· Implementing enforcement roles in local authority environmental health departments.
Education and Training Requirements:
- A Master’s degree or at least Bachelor’s degree is required for a food technologist in agricultural science or a closely related field.
- Courses required for training as a food technologist include food chemistry, microbiology, processing operations, and engineering.
- Required 5 years.
Working Conditions and Environment
Working as a technician is a clean and enjoyable job. The food technician works in the factories and simply monitors the procedures to ensure that they perform correctly. He also regularly visits and visits manufacturing sites to oversee the procedures being carried out and verify all the details of food combinations according to regulations and daily routines. It examines the water and raw foodstuffs, verifies their validity and quantities, and how the employees prepare raw materials and how to deal with them. It establishes a checklist of employee duties and performance and reports any violations that may occur during manufacturing procedures to prevent them from occurring.
It works to check foods, ensure their quality and work continuously to improve their quality and ingredients. He also works in the laboratory to test and test new components and packaging techniques before sending new products and ideas to department heads.
In order to obtain this function in this field, the food technician must be familiar with all the productive details and food composition and has a broad understanding of the laws of preparing and packing food as well as the laws and requirements of international standards and standards, food safety, occupational safety and sanitation related to each section of Production Sections. You should note and report any details that may seem trivial.
Technicians often have to repeat tasks regularly to ensure that all needs and requirements are met and that they are always up to date with ideas and suggestions for improvement. Every time a food technician does, they should ask what can be done to make it healthier, safer, or more efficient.
· He/she should have solid interpersonal skills as well as strong practice in oral negotiating.
· Excellent communication skills.
· Able to apply statistical techniques to analyze data.
· Strong background in areas such as engineering, biotechnology, chemistry, biology and physics.
· Able to use computers well and work as part of a team.
· Able to travel alone or with a team.
· Professional in research and finding resources.