Food Technology Co-Op 2010/2011 - PA-Hershey

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This unique Co-Op is ideally suited for a student who is interested and capable of working a 12 to 15 month rotation starting in May/June 2010 through August 2011; however, students who can work just one 6 month Co-Op in 2010 OR one 6 month Co-Op in 2011 will be considered.  The work schedule would be full-time (40 hours per week, 8:00am to 4:30am).  The position is located in The Hershey Companyís Technical Center in Hershey, PA, but the position may require up to 50% travel to our North American manufacturing facilities.


The mission of the Product and Process Excellence Group is to provide a technical and scientific resource to The Hershey Company's global operations for Continuous Improvement.  The student will have the opportunity to gain real world experience in the Confectionery industry while working directly under the supervision of an experienced Food Scientist.  The position provides an opportunity for the student to work directly with all areas of manufacturing including plant management/supervision, plant hourly work force, quality assurance, product development, analytical research, engineering and others.  They will be involved in project execution and follow-through, confectionery sample manufacture, data collection/ analysis and plant trials. 


-  Product formulation optimization work from initial design to benchtop and plant validation testing.

-  Ingredient evaluations based on established procedures under guidance of technical professional.

-  Optimization and troubleshooting of manufacturing processes.

-  Supporting technical professional in preparing chocolate and confectionery samples.

-  Data collection and documentation from bench top or plant studies.




-  Preferred Majors: Food Science, Food Technology/Engineering

-  Preferred Academic Level: Graduating Juniors (though others will be considered).

-  Grade Point Average of 3.00 or higher  


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 - A basic understanding in science (biology, chemistry or food technology/engineering) to apply skills to support bench top / lab and manufacturing testing under supervision of professional.

-  Good written and oral communications skills.

-  Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

-  Basic Computer literacy, MS Office Tools ... i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

-  Ability to manage multiple priorities while working both independently and in multidisciplinary groups/teams with a high level of self motivation.

-  Desire to work hands on with products and equipment in both the lab and/ or manufacturing.

- Willingness to work possible off shifts and weekends on occasion.

-  Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

-  A valid driverís license and willingness to travel to plant locations within North America.


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Hershey is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V





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