CSI Agriculture Department | Food Processing Technology

Food Processing Technology


Food Processing Technology

Food Processing Technology program

Contact Person: Ben Hamlett
Office Location: ATIC 110
Direct Phone: 208-732-6374
Email: bhamlett@csi.edu
Contact Person: Janna Hamlett
Office Location: ATIC 116
Direct Phone: 208-732-6376
Email: jhamlett@csi.edu

Food Processing Technology Program Admission Form

Want to make a good living wage
and actually make something?

Try Food Processing!

The Food Processing industry is looking to hire qualified people to work. CSI's Food Processing Program will help you gain the necessary skills to get a good job in this rapidly growing field! With an Intermediate Technical Certificate or Associate's Degree, you could work as:

Quality Control/Assurance Technicians or Manager: Ensure the products processed are safe to eat and meet the companies quality standards.

Sanitation Personnel: Makes sure the equipment and facility stays clean.

Maintenance / Utility Technician or Manager: Ensures equipment is running correctly and at peak performance.

Controls Technician / Engineer: Program and troubleshoot equipment to run correctly and efficiently.

Production Operators: Operate all the equipment in a food processing plant.

Program Branches

Food Processing TechnologyThe Food Processing Technology program has several different branches:

  • 1 year Technical Certificate
  • 2 year Associate Degree
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Workforce Training
  • Workforce Training seminars
  • Customized Training

Technical Certificate Program

  • Learn about sanitation in food plants
  • OSHA 30 hour safety certification
  • Learn about Food Technology and Processing
  • Learn about HACCP and GMPs in a Food Plant
  • Introduction to Controls and Instrumentation found in a Food Plant
  • Visit local Food Processing Facilities and meet key people in the industry.

2-Year Associate Degree

In addition to what is learned in the Technical Certificate, there are three pathways to continue onto the Associate Degree.
Or a combination of the three pathways.

PATH 1 - Automation

Food Processing TechnologyIf a person likes the automation technology components they can take classes where they learn about:

  • Programmable Logic Controls
  • Electricity and Electronics
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Networks in a Food Plant
  • System Diagnostics and Troubleshooting.

PATH 2 - Quality Assurance

Food Processing TechnologyIf a person likes the quality assurance or quality controls components they can take classes where they learn about:

  • Food Quality Assurance Controls
  • Quality Control and Laboratory Practices
  • Internal Auditing in Food Plants
  • HACCP Prerequisite Program
  • External Auditing of Food Plants

PATH 3 - Operations

Food Processing TechnologyIf a person wants to go the operations pathway they need a portion of both the controls and the quality pathways and so will take classes on:

  • Controls and Instrumentation
  • Programmable Logic Controls
  • System Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
  • Internal Auditing in Food Plants
  • Food Quality Management
  • Advanced Equipment Operations

Workforce Training Seminars

We can offer 1 2 day seminars on a variety of topics related to the food industry.

  • Milk antibiotic testing (Charm SL, SL3 and IDEXX SNAP Testing)
  • OSHA 10 Hour General Industry
  • Safe Quality Foods (SQF)
  • BRC Global Standards

In addition if there is another topic you would like to see we can customize and create a training to conduct on site or at the CSI campus.

Visit our Workforce Training website for mroe information.

Our Industry Partners

Independent Meat Company McCain Foods Glanbia Foods
Falls Brand Chobani Idaho Milk Products

ESL Training Module

TAACCCT Grant - Department of Labor

This program was funded $2,487,136 (88% of the program cost) from a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Community College and Career Training program, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The TAC3 grant, Growing Idaho's Food Processing Industry, is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.