The BCIT Food Technology Diploma program trains students in the basics of food technology, including food processing, quality control, food testing, and analysis. Graduate with all the practical skills you need to start your career.
About the program
At BCIT, we believe in real life experience. In this program, you get to interact first-hand with industry sponsors who mentor and support students in getting relevant food technology skills.
- Two-year, full-time diploma program
- On-campus lectures and labs provide you with theory and hands-on experience
- Industry-sponsored project gives you applied learning opportunities
Find out more about BCIT’s Food Technology diploma by visiting Program Details.
Who it’s for
This program is for individuals who:
- Enjoy working both individually and in a team environment
- Have a passion for food and the food industry
- Are interested in developing their critical thinking skills
- Have a high school diploma or higher level of education
Sound like you? See Entrance Requirements for details on what you need and how to apply.
What grads can do
BCIT grads are set up to enter a career in food technology the moment they graduate. They can also keep studying to further advance their career. See Graduating and Jobs to find out about the possibilities.
Indigenous applicants: This program is committed to the recruitment and retention of Indigenous applicants. To support applicants a dedicated Indigenous admissions process was established and dedicated seat(s) per intake are reserved for Indigenous students.
To be considered under this admission category applicants must:
- Self-identify as an Indigenous person of Canada on the admission application
- Have successfully completed the program’s entrance requirements
Our program also works closely with Indigenous services at BCIT to ensure students receive the best possible support and encouragement while in the program. Please visit Indigenous Initiatives for more information on available resources.
Our grads get work
Most of our grads get work within two months of graduating. From big industry to mom and pop businesses, BCIT grads are working to support safe food production. With applied work experience in the field, you will have the skills employers are looking for.
Grads can choose to apply to other bachelor’s degree programs in a variety of fields including Environmental Health.
Erin Friesen, PhD
Rebecca Robertson, MSc
Ken Keilbart, Dipl
Technical Staff Dipl III
The Food Technology Program advisory committee is made up of individuals from the Food industry. These individuals provide feedback on industry trends, curriculum changes, and help ensure programs are relevant to industry needs.
If you are a Food industry professional and would like to participate on this committee, please contact Erin Friesen.
Every year we look for directed studies projects.
As a graduation requirement, second year BCIT Food Technology Students work with industry on a project. Past projects have included: In plant sanitation checks, shelf life studies, review/development of Food Safety Plans/SOPs, analysis of different formulations/competitors, new product development etc. If you have an idea for a project, I would be happy to work with you to see if we can develop it into a student project.
The students select their projects in November and will spend the next 2 months developing their methodology. From February to the middle of April they will work on this project one day per week (Wednesdays) and in May they will produce both a written and Oral report that will be delivered to you. There is usually no fee to sponsors unless specific equipment or supplies are required that we do not have. We would however discuss this in advance with you. Work can be done at your company facility or at BCIT depending on the objectives of the project. We however do not guarantee the outcomes of the project.
Requirement of Sponsors
Sponsors are asked to submit a brief description of the project using this DIRECTED STUDIES FOR FOOD TECHNOLOGY [PDF] application form and be available to discuss the project with students on a semi-regular basis (by phone, e-mail or zoom). Usually there will be more questions in January as students set up their project. We also ask that sponsors attend the presentation in May, likely via Zoom, and submit a brief student evaluation form.
A standard BCIT confidentiality form will be signed by the students and faculty. We do our best to teach students about the importance of maintaining confidentiality, but cannot guarantee it. If you require a company specific confidentiality form, please let me know as soon as possible. We cannot advise students on signing it, but we would like the opportunity to informally review it before accepting the project. We normally disclose the company names of the industry sponsors in our annual newsletter. No details of the project are included in the newsletter. If you would like your name removed from the newsletter, please let us know.
If you are interested in submitting a project, please download and complete the DIRECTED STUDIES FOR FOOD TECHNOLOGY [PDF] submission form.
Thank you and look forward to working with you!
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