Malt House Operator

Tend equipment to germinate barleys to make malts.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Malt House Operators do?

Tends equipment to germinate barley to make malt: Fills tank with water, weighs barley conveyed into beam scale hopper, and drops barley into tank to steep for predetermined period. Starts conveyors to load rotating drums or compartments with steeped barley. Regulates temperature and humidity in closed drums or open compartments to achieve maximum germination of barley. Moves discharge chute to spread germinated barley evenly over kiln floor for drying. Starts furnaces to heat kilns to specified temperature to dry malt. Starts conveyors to move dried malt successively through cleaning, separating, and grading machines.


Should I be a Malt House Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Kiln-Head House Operator

    How to become a Malt House Operator

    Most Malt House Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gibaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29|associate%27s+%2811%25%29|bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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