With an extreme shortage of available and willing plant floor workers in recent years, many in the food & beverage processing industry have gone “all in” on automation — a completely valid reaction that has produced significant positive outcomes for many.
Yesterday the FIT Program toured our member company’s processing plant as a part of our training program. Students in the class viewed a magnificent plant with high-speed automation with limited human contact with the product. It was a great experience for our group of students and instructors.
Food Industry Technician Program (FIT) traveled to Chicago, Illinois last week to visit and tour our member’s, OSI Group, plant.
This was an incredible tour that offered training on many types of processing. Our class was also able to learn from former FIT Student and current OSI maintenance technician Omar!
FIT Students had a great tour last week with the maintenance team and a former FIT Student and new maintenance apprentice, Sam. Students toured a highly automated plant at Nestlé in Anderson, Indiana and learned about maintenance careers, training and future career paths.
Please join us in extending a huge thank you to Schwan’s Company– Florence Kentucky Plant for hosting the FPSA – Food Processing Suppliers Association‘s FIT Program! The students were able to tour the facility and plant, view a presentation about the company and have a question-and-answer lunch. This unique learning opportunity provided the students, staff, and faculty knowledge on operations in the industry including baking, production, packaging, and logistics.
Many thanks to our gracious hosts, John Dimos, Angie Snapp, Chris Ewry, Mark Stedam , Angel Walker, Sandra Moore and
Natalie Platt for making it all possible. Thank you for your gracious hospitality and exciting learning opportunity.
FPSA – Food Processing Suppliers Association’s FIT Program hit the road today visiting member plants. As a part of FIT training, students visit at least one OEM and one processing plant. We were very fortunate to spend time learning at West Liberty Foods and Provisur Technologies Inc! We saw highly automated food processing lines and we learned about equipment with advanced technology that is transforming the industry. As the icing on the cake, many former FIT students trained, toured and gave advice to the new students that will soon be joining the industry!
A new piece of equipment generously donated by Fusion Tech Integrated was received by the FIT Program. Students in yesterday’s class assembled, used electrical/mechanical skills, and trained with a former FIT Student and current technician of Fusion Tech.
Through the generous support of our membership, we are able to provide quality training and real-world interaction with those that are service the equipment that sustains our industry.
Thank you for your support in FIT Training on behalf of FIT and FPSA – Food Processing Suppliers Association.
Students from FPSA – Food Processing Suppliers Association’s FIT program have accepted positions at our member companies Handtmann Inc. and Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG. These students complete the FIT program and start as early as the first week of July with their employer. Currently, students are spending after class hours interfacing equipment, troubleshooting and working on phase sequencing. All equipment in our labs have been graciously donated by our member companies for training.
It’s been a busy few weeks for FPSA – Food Processing Suppliers Association’s FIT Program. Last week, we were so fortunate to have Shawn Kentch from Handtmann Inc. come train our students with former FIT student and current technician Albert! Handtmann training included the use of their donated equipment and HVISION Technology!
FPSA – Food Processing Suppliers Association’s Food Industry Technician Program (FIT) had a very exciting few days training on the Anritsu – Product Inspection & Detection (North America) demonstration bus. FIT Students spent time learning about the internal components of the machines, how to interface with the rejectors and conveyance system to the Anritsu. Thank you Erik Brainard, Jeremy Kimmel and Aaron Kraft for making this possible and for supporting the future technicians of the industry!