Biotechnology Technician Offering Prepares Students for Various Industries

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Summary: The Biotechnology Technician program at Centennial
College takes two years to complete and offers beginner to
professional-level training.

Biotechnology technicians (also known as bench technicians) play an
essential role in various industries such as: food, pharmaceuticals and
cosmetics, where they have the responsibility of assuring quality
control in areas of manufacturing. A respected post-secondary
program that teaches students the know-how for the field is
Centennial     College’s    Biotechnology    Technician   –    Industrial
Microbiology, which is accredited by the Canadian Council of
Technicians and Technologists and has met all of the academic
requirements for certification in the Technician Category set out by the
Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and
Technologists. These national accreditations support program quality
and provide mobility for graduates. In addition, the biotechnology
technician offering is a repeat recipient of the Centennial College
President’s Academic Program Recognition Award for outstanding
student satisfaction.

The focus of this two-year Biotechnology Technician offering is to
provide practical training in industrial microbiology as well as
chemistry (analytical), organic and biochemistry. This is achieved
through a hands-on approach to learning how to: isolate, enumerate
and identify microorganisms from many types of samples (water, soil,
air, your body, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products); prepare
specimens for staining; become proficient in aseptic handling of
materials; accurately calibrate and use a range of instruments such as
pH and BOD meters, Gas Chromatographs, spectrophotometers
(regular/IR/UV), HPLC’s etc.; prepare microbiological media and
reagents and culture pathogenic microbes; design and performing
microbiology experiments; and use microorganisms to assay
pharmaceutical products.

Specific courses in this Biotechnology Technician offering include:
Chemistry, Occupational Health and Safety, Microbiology, Microbial
Techniques, Statistics for Applied Science, Food Microbiology, Organic
Chemistry, Report Writing in a Technician Environment and more.

The hands-on learning techniques within the Biotechnology Technician
program involve laboratory activity, including appropriate safety
procedures, as well as a project approach, with independently
designed microbiology projects that enhance students’ problem-solving
and research skills. Training in Occupational Health and Safety,
WHMIS, GMP, HACCP is to industry standards.

Students may graduate in two years as biotechnology technicians or
continue for a third year to study specialized topics such as advanced
biotechnology and microbial genetics or systematic microbiology,
graduating as biotechnology technologists. Graduates of the two-year
offering may apply for certification through the Ontario Association of
Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) to use
the following professional designation: CTech (Certified Technician).

Companies that have hired students of the Biotechnology Technician
program include: Kisko Products, Hermann Laue Spice Company,
Apotex Inc., Agropur - Divisional Natrel, Mill Street Brewery, MAXXAM
Analytics, Campbell Soup Company, bioMerieux Analytics, Griffith
Laboratories and Cosmetica Laboratories Inc.

Applicants to this Biotechnology college level program must have
completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older); English
Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment; and Math Grade
11 M or U or Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment.

Author Details: In this article, Emma documents the standout
features of the Biotechnology Technician offering at Centennial
College, which allows students to work in industries such as: food,
cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and more.

				
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