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Apprenticeship at Heimatsmühle

Apprenticeship as a process engineer for the milling and grain industry (MÜLLER/MÜLLERIN)

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The process technologists in milling and grain management, as the traditional milling profession is known today, are responsible for supplying more than 80 million people with staple foods made from grain. such as pizza and baby food is unthinkable. Knowledge of raw materials, process engineering, computer control, and quality monitoring in the mill laboratory determined the work of the process technologists in the modern grain mill. The focus is on product quality and product safety. With their basic training, millers are sought-after experts in many sectors worldwide.

Max Ladenburger Söhne Heimatsmühle GmbH & Co. KG is a modern mill with over 200 years of tradition and innovation. Our family business specializes in grinding conventionally and organically grown wheat, rye, and spelt. With a grinding volume of around 40,000 tons of grain per year, we are a partner for bakeries, the food industry, and food retailers. We maintain business and customer relationships in Germany, in Europe, and occasionally worldwide.

The way to the mill: via dual training or a course of study

Good prerequisites for the training course are a secondary school certificate with good grades in mathematics and physics, a secondary school certificate, or the Abitur. Fun in dealing with the natural product grain, good organizational skills and flexibility, commercial skills, manual talent, and technical understanding are important for the job.

The classic way into the milling industry is the three-year dual training course to become a process engineer in the milling and grain industry. The training can be shortened to two years under certain conditions.

In addition to on-the-job training in the company, the specialist theory is completed in block classes in Stuttgart; practical knowledge is also deepened there.

The trainees learn grain processing technologies, work in the laboratory, procedures for quality and hygiene testing as well as product safety, and the basics of business administration and law.

The training allowance for prospective process technologists varies greatly from region to region. However, it is above average compared to other professions in the food industry. In addition, industrial clerks and logisticians/warehouse specialists are trained and employed in the Heimatsmühle.

Work in the mill: between nature and technology

Process technologists monitor the quality of the grain throughout processing. Computer process control of the systems is just as much part of the job description as work in the laboratory, where the analysis of the raw materials supplied and product control take place. Highly engineered processes ensure the quality, hygiene, and safety of the manufactured products. This requires special knowledge of grain qualities in particular. Grain is a natural product and every harvest, and every delivery presents a new challenge. No technology can replace a feeling for the raw material: Milling know-how is required to produce homogeneous products with consistent properties from the heterogeneous natural material grain.

Career prospects and further education

Since process technologists are in high demand, the chances of being hired after graduation are very good. A secure job, good pay, and a company pension scheme through the miller's pension fund round off the good working conditions. Numerous further training opportunities and career opportunities give young people the prospect of a secure job - in Germany, Europe, or the whole world.

Millers can deepen their knowledge and skills during a two-year course with a focus on milling-related process engineering and plant construction at the German Milling School in Braunschweig. The master craftsman’s certificate can also be obtained there parallel to the course. The "Im Hoppenlau" trade school in Stuttgart specializes in master classes. Together with the Swiss Milling School in St. Gallen, it offers the combined qualification of master craftsman and “Diplom Milling Technician – SMS” in a ten-month training course.

These advanced training courses qualify you in particular for managerial tasks in the mill operations and also open up the way abroad. Under certain circumstances, the master craftsman’s certificate can also open the door to university studies. It enables university studies in many technical and nutritional courses.

If you are interested in a trail day, an internship, or an apprenticeship, please contact:

Max Ladenburger Söhne

Heimatsmühle GmbH & Co. KG

Heimatsmühle 1

73433 Aalen

Dagmar Weber

Authorised Signatory HR and Finance

Tel. +49 (0) 7361/9151-11
Mobil +49 (0) 7361/9151-10