IGP-KSU Flour Milling and Grain Processing

On-site Course Schedule

IGP-KSU Introduction to Flour Milling  -  January 13-16, 2015

IGP-KSU Managing Mill Balance and Process Control - June 2-5, 2015

IGP-KSU Milling Practices to Influence Flour Quality - June 9-12, 2015

Course Descriptions

IGP-KSU Introduction to Flour Milling

This training covers all aspects of the flour milling process from wheat selection to flour blending and functionality. 

Course objectives: To gain general understanding of the principles of the milling process, understanding the relationship between wheat quality and the effect of the milling process, gain knowledge of what wheat types and products each can produce, and learn the role each department plays in the success of the milling industry.

Course topics: Overview of the U.S. milling industry; wheat production, supply and demand; overview of the general milling process and major milling equipment; principles of mill flow sheets; and milling math (extraction, tempering and blending).

Prerequisite: No milling experience required.

Who should attend: New mill employees, mill HR staff and managers, grain and ingredient procurement managers, feed and flour sales representatives, production schedulers, warehousing and QA personnel , R&D staff, wheat breeders, grain inspection personnel, food program administrators, international wheat/grain traders, journalists, extension agents, wheat commission staff/board members, and agricultural and business economic analysts.

Course minimum: 10 participants.

Course Fee:  $1,800.

KSU Milling Specialist Credential 

The International Grains Program and Department of Grain Science and Industry offers a milling specialist credential, which joins distance education with practical, applied training. This blended approach allows for a deeper exploration of the milling processes. The combination of the distance element combined with the training at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., allows for an in-depth study and evaluation of course participants. 

A portion of our course offerings both distance and on-site can be taken as singular courses or combined for the KSU Milling Specialist credential. The two courses listed below, basic and advanced milling principles, fit that criteria.  For more information on the KSU Milling Specialist credential, click here.

IGP-KSU Managing Mill Balance and Process Control 

Course objective: Provide a greater knowledge of the milling process and how employees impact the process.

Course topics: Topics include principles of wheat cleaning, conditioning and milling; understanding the importance of wheat quality and preparation to the milling process; and the advantages of wheat and flour blending.

Required skill level: Practical work experience in a flour mill (minimum of 1 year).

Who should attend: Milling engineers, operation managers, production managers and shift managers.

Course minimum: 10 participants.

Course Fee: $1,500.

IGP-KSU Milling Practices to Influence Flour Quality

Course objective: Expanding on topics from the Basic Milling Principles course to include quantitative techniques to analyze and improve the process flow; understanding the variables that impact production efficiencies; and enhance the troubleshooting skills of mill personnel.

Course topics: Topics include analysis of mill flow sheets and design; analysis of mill balance and product distribution; adjustment of roll stands; sifting and sifter design; purification system; and process control.

Required skill level: Theoretical milling background (milling school, university or other milling training). Practical work experience in a flour mill.

Who should attend: Milling engineers, operation managers, production managers, head millers and shift managers.

Course minimum: 10 participants.

Course Fee: $1,500.

Course Fees The course fees cover tuition, laboratory fees, books, special instruction, materials, field-trip transportation, and lunch on class days. Fees do not include lodging and evening meals. Applications and payment should be received five weeks prior to the course start date. Credit card payments will be processed when the minimum number of participants have enrolled in the class.