Food engineering is the branch of engineering that is responsible for food production and encompasses all phases from harvest to presentation of the food.
The food engineer begins his work by harvesting the food and finishes it when the food is consumed. Some of the stages Food Engineering is involved in are: collection, storage, transportation and cleaning, preservation, processing and presentation.
What does a food engineer work on?
The food engineering career provides the tools to develop any of these activities:
- Design, organize and run industrial food operations.
- Development and participation in physical, chemical and microbiological transformation processes for food production.
- Plan, implement, control and monitor the processes of food preparation, fractionation and packaging.
- Research and development of new processes for industrialization, packaging and food processing.
- Conducting safety studies in the food industry.
- Perform quality controls.
Where can a food engineer work?
Food engineers can work in dairy, poultry, and fish companies.
In the fruit, beverage, bread and meat industries.
In storage and transportation centers, product research and development, quality control facilities, etc. Virtually the entire food industry (including animal feed) has the need and is fed by food engineering.