A Pivotal Position in the Food Quality Industry
Food quality technicians work in a fast-paced environment. Enjoy plenty of variety in your work day in the high-demand food processing industry. You’ll work as part of a food quality team, producing internationally-recognized products, such as cheese, yogurt, butter, and more.
Making sure the food we eat is safe is just one of the responsibilities of a laboratory food quality technician. Learn how to:
Conduct food quality and safety tests
Evaluate the environment’s effect on food quality
Apply quality principles to food production
Be involved in research and development of new products
Employers in the region are looking for Southwest Tech graduates in this program and offer plenty of opportunity for advancement in your career.
Southwest Tech's Laboratory Science Technician program is a one-year technical diploma with a four-week internship that will ensure you are workplace ready!
This program is offered in a convenient format. Most of your coursework will be completed online with once a week face-to-face laboratory sessions. In addition, with your successful completion of coursework you will graduate with a HAACP certificate.
TAA eligible populations and Veterans are encouraged to participate.
Is This Program for You?
Successful Lab Science Technicians will:
Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.
Be focused on quality and organization.
Enjoy using hands-on lab skills in a team setting in day-to-day work.
Students entering the Laboratory Science Technician program should:
Have good reading skills, basic math skills, and good verbal communication skills
Desire to work with people
Desire to work as a team member
technical diploma This one year program includes classroom and laboratory learning activities, followed by an externship in the food industry
Classes run full-time Monday through Friday. A majority of the classes are offered in an online format (with a campus lab attendance requirement.)
The externship hours are based upon the facility hours as assigned
Must earn at least a grade of C in core classroom/laboratory learning settings to be eligible to work under the direct supervision of a mentor in a four-week externship
Admission and Program Requirements
Submit Application and $30 Application Fee To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809 Helpful Academic Background
Basic Education course in writing
Reading comprehension skills
Basic math skills
This program is eligible for
Financial Aid. Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
Collect, process, and preserve lab samples.
Perform and report laboratory tests in a variety of laboratory settings.
Identify pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that affect procedures, instruments and results, and take appropriate corrective action.
Perform mathematical functions as required by laboratory procedures.
Perform and monitor quality assurance and quality control techniques.
Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
Perform information processing functions in the laboratory.
Apply laboratory results and communicate variables.
Communicate with colleagues in a professional manner.
Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.
Laboratory Science Technician - Performs routine laboratory tests for the food industry in: Laboratory Technician/Research Assistant - Performs routine and special laboratory tests in:
Laboratory settings: research, industrial, environmental and food science labs.
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our
Credit for Prior Learning page. Laboratory Science Technician Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
(Demonstration) Challenge Exam
Career Pathways offer new ways to achieve your education goals. Instead of studying just one program, the Career Pathways model links related academic programs in a sequence. Each program offers direct job preparation AND a path to the next higher academic program.