Milling Technology

Learning Targets


  • should be able to understand more complex diagrams of a flour mill and to design them themselves
  • should gain in-depth knowledge of durum and corn (maize) millin
  • should learn in different hands-on exercises, with the most modern machines of a complete milling plant, how they work in detail and how to operate them
  • on the basis of the theoretical knowledge taught and of the practical instructions given, the course participants shall be able to head the organization of production in a mill

Natural science

Cereal science

  • know the global significance of grain cultivation.
  • know the eight most important grain varieties and their quantitative significance in the grain market, plus their significance for human and animal nutrition.
  • know the most important qualitative aspects of wheat.
  • be able to explain the morphological structure of the wheat grain in detail.


  • know the chemical composition of the wheat grain.
  • know the most important functional characteristics of the component substances of grain
    • carbohydrates
    • proteins
    • lipids
  • know the morphological structure of the grain plant.


    • know the individual growth stages of the grain plant and the factors influencing growth.
    • know possible causes of grain yield losses.
    • know most common grain breeding techniques.
    • know the basic terminology of genetics.
    • know how organisms can be genetically modified in basic terms.
    • know the basic advantages and disadvantages of genetic engineering.

Bakery Technology

Students should

  • know the most important raw materials (flour, water, salt, leavening agents, baking aids and some ingredients for making specialty bread) and their functions in bread production.
  • know the processing operations of bread production (from provision of the raw materials to the end product).
  • know the processes of deep-freeze baking and pre-baking.
  • know the criteria for bread assessment (bread quality).
  • know the most common bread defects and their possible causes.

Nutritional science

Students should

  • know what the term nutrition refers to and what factors influence nutritional behavior.
  • know the structure and the most important functions of the entire alimentary tract.
  • know the terms of basal metabolism, energy metabolism, total metabolism and energy balance.
  • know important nutritionally induced diseases, their cause and their consequences for the organism.
  • know some important forms of nutrition and be able to assess them critically.
  • know the effects and side effects of nicotine and alcohol.

Milling Engineering

Basic of engineering


  • shuold be able to describe and know the differences between the main drawings (e.g. project drawing, installation drawings, building project, building drawings) and documents for plant engineering
  • should be able to distinguish between the project and the implementation phases
  • should know the requirements of the project phase and what is needed to establish a project
  • should know the different tasks of the implementation phase
  • should be able to identify the different phases of a project


  • should know the basics of scheduling and the critical factors in a mill project
  • should be able to establish a simple site layout
  • will establish a simple machine layout in a team (e.g. cleaning section)
  • should know the basic principle of how to establish a spouting scheme
  • should be able to create sketches of a building, plant components, machines or machine parts
  • will handle a small project in a team

Electrical engineering


  • should know basics of electricity (electrical theory and magnetism)
  • should know the functions of the electric elements of a mill (control panel, motor panel and field elements)
  • should know basic control circuits (relay-controlled systems)
  • should know the structure and contents of an electric circuit diagram
  • should know the specification, features, and application and basic functionality of a PLC system (Programmable Logic Controller)
  • should know how to explain the function and adjustment of the electric elements in panels and on the field installation
  • should know how to set up and explain a simple control circuit
  • should know drawing, reading and explaining of a simple circuit diagram
  • should know the different motor control circuits which are usually applied in industrial plants
  • should know the data on the motor nameplate and explanation of its meaning
  • should know the programming of simple control circuits on a PLC system
  • should know the autonomous trouble-shooting in control systems, for example finding and solving of electrical faults
  • should know the verification and execution of motor connections
  • should know all the different local control systems of a milling plant
  • should know the functions of the different interfaces
  • should know the simple adjustment of local control units
  • should know the hierarchical structure of the automation system in a mill
  • should know the overview of the different software packages for milling plant automation
  • should know the overview of the possible options for milling plant automation