Process Operator Training

VDZ Process Operator Training

Operators are responsible for keeping equipment running a high level of availability, optimising production rates and reducing energy consumption. This training will enable participants to have a better understanding of the process and how to optimise quality and reduce electrical energy as well as fuel consumption. The participants will receive in-depth training in operating specific parts of the plant (e.g. the kiln or mills). They will learn the fundamentals of cement production and gain experience in operating the plant through interactive simulator training sessions.


During 104 training hours the following topics will be addressed:

  • Raw material extraction
    - Main operations and quality assurance in the quarry
  • Material technology
    - Characterisation of raw materials
    - Clinker formation and clinker phases
    - Clinker properties and effects on product qualities
  • Raw material preparation
    - Blending beds and homogenisation silos
    - Raw meal uniformity and quality control
  • Clinker production and burning technology
    - Preheater, calciner, rotary kiln, burner, cooler
    - Clinker burning reactions
    - Alternative fuels and effects on burning process
    - Energy efficiency
  • Raw material and cement grinding
    - Basics of comminution and measurement techniques
    - Grinding systems: ball mill, vertical roller mill, high pressure grinding rolls
    - Separators and optimisation of grinding plants
  • Environment and emissions abatement
    - Emissions: dust, NOX etc.
    - Emission abatement techniques
  • Refractories
  • Simulator training
    - Different operational tasks
    - Process optimisation
    - Handling disruptions and special situations
  • Cement plant visit


  • Classroom training:
    - Morning sessions from 08:30 till 12:00
    - Afternoon sessions from 13:00 till 16:30
  • Group discussion and experience exchange
  • Simulator training
  • Cement plant visit
  • Final exam

The training course is led by experienced engineers, technical experts and highly specialized researchers.

Upon successful completion of the training course the participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Learning outcomes

  • Fundamental knowledge of material, burning and grinding technology
  • Better understanding of how sub-processes are interconnected in the cement manufacturing process
  • Basic knowledge with respect to efficient energy use, process optimisation and emissions abatement
  • Improved practical skills to deal with different operational tasks and process disruptions

Target group

(Min-max): 10 - 20

  • Process and control room operators
  • Production personnel
  • Technical staff


Training centre near Duesseldorf,


Nearest Airport: DUS International

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Duration and costs

Two-week classroom training and one-week simulator training

6,500 € per participant

General conditions for seminars apply.

Additional services included:

  • Accommodation costs
  • Full board: breakfast, lunch and dinner, including weekends
  • Intensive support during the entire training course

Learning objectives

To attain fundamental theoretical know-
ledge regarding cement manufacturing technology and practical operational skills to support efficient, safe and trouble-free plant operation


Julia Volchkova

Julia Volchkova

+49-211-45 78-402

+49-211-45 78-400

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