Food & Beverage Processing
The TAFE SA Regency International Centre Food Technology Program equips students with the knowledge and skills to participate in the production, packaging and distribution of food on an industrial scale. The modern processing of food is a complex operation underpinned by extensive knowledge of food chemistry, microbiology and processing techniques. Individuals responsible for producing safe, quality food require a broad knowledge of the science and technology involved and it is these attributes that are taught in the Diploma program.
In addition to working with established food lines, graduates are also able to participate in the development of new foods and ensure that these foods meet essential standards of safety, quality and other areas of food regulation. Furthermore, students gain knowledge and experience in other core areas of the food supply including transport, storage, packaging and labelling.
The mass production of food is under constant development and there is a continuous need for graduates with the ability to service this industry. It is the aim of the Diploma of Food Technology to produce graduates with these abilities and support the continued growth of local, national and international food industries.
Food and Beverage Processing Courses
TAFE SA Regency International Centre is a world class training facility. Purpose built facilities include:
- An analytical lab
- Chemistry lab
- Food lab
- Cheese room
- Olive press
- Coffee roaster
- Cryogenic freezers
- Automatic bottling line
- Smoke house
TAFE SA has up-to date plant and equipment from reputable suppliers from all over the world. Benefits to students include exposure to world class plant and equipment and the ability to experience industrial scale food and leveraging processing equipment.
The facilities utilise state-of-the-art production equipment and control mechanisms. They are larger than conventional pilot-scale operations and serve as excellent models of industry standards. Food that is produced is of high quality and is sold through retail outlets. Analytical, sensory and microbiological laboratories are also of industry standard and permit all relevant analyses to be performed by the students.
Food Technology students have access to food processing equipment and laboratories that collectively are unavailable in any other teaching institution in South Australia. These resources enable students to learn how to prepare, process, package and label food to industry standards in quantities much larger than are generally made in educational settings.
The facilities are operated by a dedicated team of professional food technologists who are experienced in many facets of food production and control. Furthermore, collaboration between the lecturers and local industry allows for the development of courses that target industry needs and so improve the job prospects of graduates.
Overall, the first class food processing facilities on the campus provide students with real-world experience in food processing and so make them immediately useful to employers.
This Program provides an initial qualification in food technology for individuals who wish to work in an extensive range of positions including quality assurance, new product development, auditing, food inspection, analysis and testing, production, sales and marketing, management, teaching and training.
The food and beverage processing industry offers excellent employment opportunities as there is a strong demand for highly skilled and trained individuals. Employment prospects in the food and beverage manufacturing has increased in recent years. Employment options are diverse with job security likely for highly skilled graduates who are practical, analytical, methodical and organised.
Graduates can obtain work as a food manufacturing supervisor or team leader, quality assurance officer or manager and technical sales representative for suppliers of food and beverage ingredients and equipment.
Salaries vary depending on the role however many graduates can earn in the vicinity of $40,000 to $60,000. To pursue a successful career as a food technologist, a person must be methodical, disciplined, flexible, passionate, highly motivated, analytical, a good problem solver, and a team player. They should also be passionate about the physical, chemical and microbiological properties of food.
Regency International Centre
TAFE SA Regency Campus
Email: enquire online
Telephone: +61 8 8348 4444
Fax: +61 8 8348 199
International enquiries (overseas residents) should be directed to International Student Support.
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