Food Processing & Technology
About the Program
The Food Processing and Technology (FPT) program was established in 2008 in response to the needs of the food processing industry in Western Kentucky and the State for trained graduates in the area of food processing. The FPT program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing career opportunities in the food industry.A Bachelor degree in Food Processing and Technology prepares graduates for technical and managerial positions in the food processing industry.
The FPT program at Western Kentucky University is a 2+2 program designed specifically for students who currently hold an associate degree from a technical school, two-year college, or four-year institution.
Food Processing & Technology combines both management and science. Students will learn how to convert raw plant and animal materials to convenient, safe and nutritious food products. They will also learn the techniques, technology and packaging involved in processing food products. Meanwhile, they will acquire the management skills and knowledge to qualify them for managerial positions in the food processing industry.
Characteristics associated with success in this major include a desire to improve food and how it is processed. You should be:
- interested in the processing of food from harvest to market
- interested in improving the quality of food in the world
- a leader who likes to organize people and work in a team atmosphere
- interested in the task of insuring the safety of food processing methods and ingredients
Good manipulative skills will help you to work with various instruments and equipment used in the food industry, as will a curious mind and good laboratory skills. The Agricultural and Food Products Processing profession requires training in chemistry and food science and an understanding of the interactions of these disciplines with regard to food production manufacturing, equipment design, product storage, preservation, and packaging. Most food science programs include internship opportunities within the food industry or with various governmental agencies, which regulate and monitor the industry. An internship may greatly increase your chances for finding a job after graduation. Because technological advances in food manufacturing, storage, distribution, and marketing can occur rapidly, you may require further training throughout your career.