The school trains about 20 students each year, and they graduate as State Certified Engineer (EU). Their specialties are mill construction, grain milling and food processing. The graduates plan and construct milling machinery and complete mills, and they guarantee the reliable function of the technological processes in quite a number of companies worldwide from New Zealand to Algeria, from Germany to Turkey.
German Milling School of which official name is Deutsche Müllerschule Braunschweig is one of the leading and rare milling schools. The school is well known for its successful combination of theory and practice. The Director of Studies Georg Böttcher informed us about the details of the school. However, before the detailed information about the school, we quote Mr. Böttcher’s thoughts about the importance of training. Mr. Böttcher says: “As the companies become bigger, the costs for capital investment and raw material increases and the responsibility of the employees rise. Therefore they have to be very well educated to avoid mistakes which cost a lot of money. Today, you need high qualified staff in all areas of milling industry! These are quality management of raw material and final products, good knowledge of the influences on the milling process and also of the business environment.”
135 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN TRAINING
The German Milling School was founded in 1881. It is the only state-owned institute of this kind worldwide. Since 1949, the school is located in Braunschweigh, not far from a number of large mills in Lower Saxony and of one of the leading manufacturers of milling equipment, Buhler GmbH. The Director of Studies Georg Böttcher states that the milling industry supports the school in various ways and says: “Bühler supports our school, mainly by sending specialists who do some teaching. This is also be done by companies like the Kahl-Group, which delivers complete compound feed factories, rice mills and grain processing plants all over the world.”
STATE CERTIFIED ENGINEER (EU)
The school trains about 20 students each year, and they graduate as State Certified Engineer (EU). Their specializations are mill construction, cereal milling and feed processing. The two subjects can be studied simultaneously. After two years of study and a successful final exam the students receive a state certificate which certifies the chosen specializations and grades for all subjects. The full course at the school will take 2 years (4 semesters) as mentioned above. Courses start annually at the beginning of September.
The graduates plan and construct milling machinery and complete mills, and they guarantee the reliable function of the technological processes in quite a number of companies worldwide from New Zealand to Algeria, from Germany to Turkey. They do not work in the milling industry only, but everywhere, where bulk material is conveyed, stored, sorted, reduced in size, granulated or cleaned - from grains to wood or plastics.
Director of Studies Böttcher also informs us especially about the students of the school: “Though it is called German School for Millers, our students come from several countries of the world.”
In German School for Millers, basic subjects are mathematics, science, mechanics, chemistry, electrical engineering, English, German and politics. These are the requirements for the trade related topics like:
• Milling machines and grinding technology
• Baking technology and laboratory
• Feed milling and animal nutrition,
• Conveyor and silo construction,
• Specialty milling (oats, rice, corn, spices, herbs, tea)
Besides this all students are given an extensive knowledge in other subjects which are required for managerial positions. The regular tutors are supported by a number of experts with hands-on experience within the business.
Business economics is handling the needs for economical negotiations. Costings, financing, investment calculations and marketing are no news to the graduates of DMSB and an integrated part of the courses.
Staff Management and Working Practices will help to successfully achieve teamwork. Social and methodical competence is an important part of the training.
A detailed Quality Management system is required to survive under current business surroundings and markets. ISO 9001-2000 / ISO 22000-2005, QC/GMP 13, QS, IFS, detailed labelling and traceability etc. are trained within this subject.
System Construction covers the detailed task of project management. From the enquiry level to project studies, a process system concept, building plans and quotation management with respect to local requirements, are all handled within this subject on different stages.
COMBINATION OF THEORY AND PRACTICE
Technical Communication - IT – Automation: All students have a state-of-the-art internet ready multimedia PC for their own use and access. Studies with modern application software (Word, Excel, Power-Point, and Access) and computer-aided design (CAD) are included in the training plan, as well as statical mechanics, PLC controls and process simulations.
A Research Project which is under the responsibility of the student is a part of the final exam. The practical work for the project is carried out with local companies or research and development departments and takes 4 weeks. The tasks are given in co-operation with the respective companies and ensure a close relation to practical projects in the students’ future work. The students have to work independently on complex tasks, identify and evaluate problems, develop and realize solutions. They present their final recommendation as a paper and in a short lecture about that.
Throughout the year a number of excursion trips take place, supporting all subjects. These visits include tradeshows, exhibitions, seminars and company visits. Close exchange with public and private research and development departments ensures that the studies are up-to-date and close to the practices of the industry.
In order to be accepted to the course, preferably you should have an apprenticeship, either
• Within the food producing industry (flour miller, feed miller, baker etc.), or
• As a millwright (mill mechanic) or as a metal worker
• As a mechatronic or in another construction trade (e.g. as a draughts person)
• In a corresponding trade within the farming industry.
If such certified trainings are not available in your country, prolonged practical work in one of the above-mentioned areas will be sufficient. All lessons are held in German. So you must have at least a basic knowledge of German before you can start at the school. Böttcher says that courses would be available e.g. at a Goethe Institute in your country and he adds “Of course, you will be given help with the language during the courses.”
There are no student’s fees applicable in German Milling School but you will have to pay for your board and lodging. Böttcher says that the students’ fraternity „Glück zu” (which might be translated by „Carry on the miller’s luck“), which has its own students’ home, will offer you any possible help. He notes about the fraternity as follows: “The fraternity was established some 120 years ago and has handed down the traditions of the milling trade ever since. They can help with practical problems but also with contacts to millers and millwrights the world over. They will also give you support and provide an agreeable and effective learning climate.”