Dairy technologist

Dairy technologist

“A dairy technologist develops and produces dairy products from raw materials, including milk from cows, sheep and goats. Products include liquid milk, cheese, ice cream and powders”

An advanced dairy technologist plays a pivotal role in the dairy industry. From a base of strong dairy science and technology knowledge, you’ll ensure that raw materials, such as milk from cows, sheep and goats, are manufactured into a range of finished products, including liquid milks, cheeses, ice creams, and powders and ingredients. You’ll learn how dairy products are produced and train to manage process, filling/packing and cleaning plant and other dairy unit operations. A chief aim will be to ensure that plant performance and the final dairy product and volumes meet specifications and targets. You’ll monitor waste levels and ensure that the hygiene of the production environment also meets legislation, regulations and product quality requirements. Continuous improvement, problem solving, project management, tests and trials are activities performed in all areas as part of the daily job.

Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Two GCSEs in English language and maths, as well as an A-level or equivalent qualifications, or dairy industry experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 5 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum