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Monday 13 - Wednesday 15 May 2024
8.30am to 5.00pm AEST


CSIRO's Food Innovation Centre
671 Sneydes Road, Werribee VIC

Food engineering is a multidisciplinary field that combines principles from various branches of science and engineering for the production, processing, preservation, packaging, and distribution of food products. It plays a crucial role in the food industry that helps ensure the availability of safe and high-quality food for consumers while also addressing environmental and sustainability aims.

This short course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to engineering concepts with a specific focus on the chemical and physical attributes of food, various food processing technologies, process analysis tools, the relationship between process parameters and product quality, and an overview of emerging technologies and digital tools. Throughout the course, practical examples and case studies related to food engineering may be used to illustrate the concepts being taught.

This three day course is designed to cater to individuals with varying levels of prior knowledge in engineering, making it accessible to both non-engineers and graduate engineers seeking to refresh their understanding of engineering concepts in the context of the food industry.

The program combines the practical experience and in-depth technical knowledge of industry professionals, universities and CSIRO.

Program outline

  • Physical and chemical properties of food
  • Food safety and stability
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Mass and energy balances, heat and mass transfer
  • Thermal processing, refrigeration and chilling technology
  • Size reduction technology
  • Fluids and solids mixing technologies
  • Drying technology
  • Separation technology
  • Dough mixing and handling
  • Frying and freezing technology
  • Food process scale-up
  • Packaging
  • Plant Design for food grade operations
  • Cleaning and sanitation
  • Process modelling and simulation
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Digital technologies
  • Demonstrations and pilot plant tour

Who should attend?

Product development technologists, process improvement technologists, process engineers, innovation managers, technology managers, product development managers, technical managers, quality assurance managers, food safety managers, entrepreneurial investors, equipment suppliers, retailers from the food manufacturing industries, procurement managers, consultants, universities, and government.


  • Early bird registration

    Available until 29 February 2024


Dates and Times

Event date: May 2024

13 May - 15 May 2024

CSIRO's Food Innovation Centre

8.30am to 5.00pm AEST

671 Sneydes Road, Werribee VIC
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Debra Krause

More information


Program - Introduction to food engineering (PDF, 238KB)


$1980.00 Early bird registration by 29 February 2024
$2310.00 Registration fee from 1 March 2024

Registration closes 3 May 2024.

Enquire about our special rate (50% discount on early bird rate) for recent graduates who are Australian Food Engineers Association (AFEA) members. Get in quick, there are only four spaces available!

All fees include GST.

Morning tea, light lunch and refreshments are included.



CSIRO's food innovation centre makes it easy for food and ingredient companies to access our extensive expertise, technologies and support in innovation, including our $50m world-class food manufacturing pilot plants. From adopting innovative technologies and improving process efficiency to creating high value products for new markets, we partner with industry every day.

Dennis Forte and Associates. Pty. Ltd. | Consulting Chemical and Food Process Engineers

Dennis Forte & Associates has been offering a complete range of professional technical consulting services to the food processing industry, including a range of specialist training courses for over 20 years.

Upcoming food innovation centre events


Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Ixom Monash University AIP
Process Partners Swinburne University of Technology RMIT University




Founded in 2000, the Australian Food Engineers Association (AFEA) aims to connect, support and promote the role of food engineers across Australia. It promotes the food engineering profession through activities including future symposia and workshops in collaboration with industry organisations including AIFST, Engineers Australia and IChemE.

Flottweg Separation Technology

For more than 60 years Flottweg has been developing and producing high-performance decanter centrifuges, separators, belt presses and plants for solid-liquid separation. Hand in hand with our customers, we are always prepared to meet new challenges and develop goal-oriented solutions. The ultimate goal is always clear: the success of our customers.


CSIRO does not issue refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of an event. You may wish to nominate an alternate delegate - please contact us to do so.


The course may be cancelled if numbers are insufficient by the registration closing date.