Diploma course (EN)
January – October 2021 (course running)
January – October 2024
The Swiss Institute of Feed Technology offers high-level specialized training while minimizing the trainee‘s absence from their workplace. In two four-week intensive courses, professional employees from the feed manufacturing industry and related industries receive the necessary training and education. This practically oriented specialized training enables students to understand and to operate state-of-the-art production plants and processes. Experiments with or without material processing establish a direct link between theory and practice.
A preparatory course of two 12-weeks sections precedes each of the intensive courses and starts approx. three months in advance. It is designed to refresh existing basic knowledge and teaching new aspects. The weekly workload required for thorough familiarization with the course materials is about 10 hours, with the documents being mailed to you at the beginning of the preparatory courses. Students are committed to send part of their work according to a time schedule to the course-management.
The course program covers plant layout, the individual process sequences from reception of raw material to finished products, feed science and animal nutrition, and the fundamentals of electrical engineering and specialized mathematics.
The knowledge gained during the preparatory courses serves as a basis for the subsequent intensive courses.
In the intensive courses, the students receive selective training in all important areas of modern feed manufacturing technology. The emphasis of training is on process technology and flow sheet design. The practical training offered in addition to theory enables students to understand the working principle of machinery, to discuss test results, and to familiarize themselves with modern laboratory methods.
The course program also includes electrical engineering, controls (PLC and relay systems) and automation. An overview is given of the wide variety of raw materials used in the feed manufacturing industry and their influence on animal nutrition. Also quality control and quality management will be an integral part of the course.
During the course, written examinations are held in order to measure the success of learning. Course participants successfully completing their studies, are awarded the „Diploma for Feed Production Engineer“.
Plant and Production Managers, active Operating, Service and Maintenance Staff.
Professionals with commercial or technical background in feed related industries, provided they have sufficient knowledge and/or practical experience in feed manufacturing.
12 – 20 persons
Qualified personnel with experience
January to October
Included are course materials for the preparatory and intensive course, drinks (coffee, water, tea), local field trips and costs of accident insurance. Not included are hotel accommodation, travelling expenses, living costs and costs of health insurance.
Approximate weekly costs of living, depending on the student‘s individual needs.
Hotel incl. breakfast
CHF 300.00 to 850.00
Food / pocket money
CHF 350.00 to 500.00
In order to follow the course in the relevant language (English or German), students must have good command of language, both written and spoken. We urgently advice prospective students who lack adequate mastery of the language to acquire these skills in an English- or German-speaking area, respectively.
Furthermore, basic knowledge of operating a Personal Computer (Word, Excel, Power Point) is required to attend the course.
The course management reserves the right to reject applicants and to modify the terms of admission without notice.
Enrolment has to be made latest mid November of the previous year and becomes definitive on receiving of the payment.
Payment is due at the latest 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the course.
Cancellation fees (in % of course fee)
within 4-6 weeks prior to the beginning: 10 %
within 2-4 weeks prior to the beginning: 25 %
within 2 weeks prior to the beginning: 50 %