Food Engineering/Manufacturing/type of study



I have always been curious about food engineering and manufacturing as to what kind of disciplines and fields are employed in such business. More precisely what kind of background would an employee be expected to have.

I assume knowledge of industry and finances? but what else?

If you could give me a brief descriptions of the qualifications needed/preferred


There is no college granting a degree in food engineering or manufacturing. Engineers are typically mechanical or chemical, who get into the food industry as their second or third job.  

Food scientists and technologists can be degreed.

since most food manufacturing plants are labor and materials intensive, an industrial engineer can do quite well, too.

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Jim Pfister


Food Engineering/Manufacturing, Food Packaging/Distribution, Engineering Beverage Lines, Reducing operating cost of packaging lines while increasing efficiency. Lean Manufacturing. Incorporating new package technology into existing operations. Training staff to achieve smooth transition from "start-up" to full production. Managing complex projects across multi-disciplinary lines. Equipment PreShipment Factory Acceptance testing and Commissioning programs for new equipment.


Employment history: Over thirty-five years of experience. Managed as much as $40MM in concurrent, multi-disciplinary projects, both domestic and international, and have worked with such firms as Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, Hershey`s, and Nabisco.

Organizations: An author and speaker, as well as a member of the IoPP. Past Chairman of IoPP`s Consultant`s Council and Member of the Packaging Equipment Performance Committee.

Publications: PMMI Solutions `99, Monthly Packaging Tipsheets


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