This programme is designed to produce Food scientists and engineers in the preservation of food commodities in the field and in the industry.
A diplomate of the technical programme in food technology should be able to:
- assist in the chemical and biological analysis of raw and processed food:
- store agricultural produce for industrial use:
- assist in all types of industrial food processing and packaging:
- market all types of processed and preserved food and foo processing and preservation chemicals and equipment.
(a) The minimum entry requirement into the National Diploma in Food Technology is four credit level passes in the West African School Certificate, General Certificate of Education (GCE), Ordinary level or Senior Secondary School Certificate in not more than two sittings. The subjects must include the following:-
Chemistry, Biology/Agricultural Science and Mathematics and one of the following:- Physics, Economics, Food and Nutrition, Geography plus minimum of passes in Physics and English Language.
(b) Candidates who have successfully completed the Boar’s recognized Pre-National Diploma (Science and Technology) course may be admitted into the programme. Such students must have pass grades in Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and one other subject chosen from Physics, Economics, Food and Nutrition, Geography in WASC or GCE ‘O’ level before undertaking the course.
HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN FOOD TECHNOLOGY
The HND programme is designed to produce food technologist who will be able to carry out preservation and processing of food commodities in the field and in the industry.
HND diplomates of this programme should be able to:
- Carry out biological and chemical analysis of raw and processed food
- Carry out all types of industrial food processing and packaging.
- Store agricultural produce for industrial use.
- Carry out quality assessment of raw and processed good.
- Develop and manage food and other agro allied enterprises.
The entry qualification into Higher National Diploma in Food Technology programme is at least a lower credit level pass in
National Diploma in Food Technology obtained from an accredited Food Technology programme. Candidates with good National Diploma in Agricultural Technology, Science Laboratory Technology, Chemical Engineering may be considered. Such candidates may be required to take additional courses.
Candidates are in addition required to have undergone at least one-year relevant industrial experience.
Polytechnics that offer ND/HND Food Technology are:
- Abia State polytechnic
- Auchi polytechnic
- FCAHPT Kano
- Federal College of Fisheries Technology new Bussa
- Federal polytechnic ado
- Akanu Ibiam Federal polytechnic
- Federal polytechnic Bauchi
- Federal polytechnic Offa
- Federal polytechnic Idah
- Federal polytechnic Ilaro
- federal polytechnic Mubi
- federal polytechnic Kaura
- Federal polytechnic Nekede
- Federal polytechnic Oko
- Fidei polytechnic
- Ibadan polytechnic
- Imo State Polytechnic
- IMT Enugu
- Kaduna polytechnic
- Lens polytechnic
- Moshood Abiola Polytechnic
- Oke Ogun Polytechnic
- Osun State Polytechnic
- Plateau State Polytechnic
- Rufus Giwa Polytechnic
Where Do Food Scientists Work?
A diploma in food science often provides individuals with technical and science skills and opportunities to produce wholesome, nutritious, and high-quality food for consumption. They can work as a:
- Food technologist
- Marketing Manager
- Quality Assurance manager
- Research scientist
- Packaging Engineer
- Food Production Manager
- Purchasing Manager
- Product development Manager