Food and bioprocess engineers develop and manage equipment and systems that process and distribute food and other biologically based materials. They are required by the food industry to help develop processes that add value to food products. These processing technologies are designed to improve the storage life and marketability of food products, reduce their transportation costs, handle processing wastes, and develop alternative uses for biological materials. (For example, newspaper and soy flour are used to make the construction material, EnvironTM, and corn stalks can be used to make chemical absorbent pads.)
Where might I work?
Examples of positions that recent Food and Bioprocess Engineering graduates have taken include:
- Process Development Engineer - M&M/Mars
- Process Scientist Engineer - Pillsbury Technology Center
- Manufacturing Engineer - Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation
What is a typical starting salary?
- Typical starting salaries vary from $55,000 to $70,000.
The food industry makes up one of the largest segments of our nation’s economy and continues to enjoy steady growth due to the ever-changing needs of consumers and increased awareness of nutritional and environmental issues. Food and bioprocess engineers play a vital role in meeting this need. From potato chips to microwavable entrees, food and bioprocess engineers continue to develop processes to convert raw materials from the farm to food products for the dining room table.
General Studies 20- 23 Credits
Oral and Written Communication
Basic Sciences 45- 48 Credits
Engineering Sciences 18 Credits
Momentum and Heat Transport Operation
Food and Bioprocess Engineering 36- 42 Credits
Food Engineering Operations