MIBST School 2024 Dates: Beet End 6/4-6/14/2024 * Sugar End 7/9-7/18/2024 * Ag School 7/22-7/26/2024 * Engineer School 10/22-10/25/2024

Beet Sugar Engineer School

1st MIBST Engineer School 

Beet Sugar Engineer School

 The McGinnis Institute of Beet Sugar Technology (MIBST) is sponsored by the Beet Sugar Development Foundation (BSDF). MIBST is a self-sustaining school of beet sugar manufacturing technology. 

Beginning in 2024, a BSDF member company(ies) will host Engineer school. The meeting location will rotate from year to year. American Crystal Sugar Company and Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative will co-host Engineer School in 2024. In addition, Ed Swenson has been named the 2024 Engineer School Director. 

Engineer School – 1st Year

October 22nd – October 25th, 2024


Radisson Blu Fargo Downtown – Fargo, ND

201 5th St. N, ND 58102


For more information, email Heidi Giles


 The purpose is to instruct beet sugar company employees and other technologists in the fundamentals and beyond on factory processes, their application to factory operations and the details of the practical operations of the unit processes. Engineer School will include a lecture on a priority topic identified by the industry (e.g., carbonation) and include time in a factory(ies) to understand and develop possible solutions to factory issues. Courses are designed to improve the student’s knowledge of the factory processes, increase value to the employer, and provide greater potential for advancement. 


 This course is open to any type of engineer (process, chemical, mechanical, maintenance, capital, etc…) or non-engineer, provided they have a background that would allow them to succeed in this setting. There are no higher educational requirements for students. However, instructors will present subject matter involving mathematics, engineering, physical and chemical subjects, and a proficient level of knowledge on these topics is encouraged. 

Students are enrolled on the proposal of regular or associate member companies of the Beet Sugar Development Foundation. Member companies are permitted to enroll up to two attendees per factory or up to two attendees per member company, whichever is greater. The BSDF Board of Directors approves attendance of non-member company students on the following basis: Each student must be sponsored by a member company. In addition to the normal tuition, a surcharge of $400 per non-member student per session will be assessed, and a letter of support from the sponsoring member company must be submitted to the BSDF office prior to registration. Space is limited for Engineer school and will be allocated to member company students first. 

Prospective students will pay and register online. Beginning in 2024, credit cards will be accepted upon registration. Click on the link below to register for Engineer School. Registration for Engineer school closes Friday, August 23, 2024

Engineer School 2024 Registration

Cancellation Policy

Engineer School – No enrollment changes will be permitted after October 8, 2024. Any cancellation of any MIBST student enrollment received by October 8, 2024 for Engineer School is fully refundable. A fee of $500 per student will be charged for any cancellation after October 8, 2024. 

BSDF reserves the right to cancel the entire school at any time for any reason. Tuition will be reimbursed should the entire school be cancelled. 

General Information

Tuition fees – The 2024 tuition for a BSDF member company student based on single occupancy is $1,600. A surcharge of $400 as described under Eligibility will be assessed to students currently employed by a non-member company. Tuition includes lodging for four nights at the Radisson Blu Fargo Downtown, instructor fees, supplies, four breakfast meals, three lunches, two evening meals, and light snacks on days when class is in session. There are no tuition discounts for making other lodging arrangements. 

Meals – Breakfast, for students only, is included in the school tuition and is offered at the hotel (Tuesday through Friday). Light snacks and drinks during the morning and afternoon breaks will be available to students while class is in session on Tuesday. Lunch will be provided Tuesday through Thursday, and dinner will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday. Companies should provide students with an expense account for meals, other than the above, as well as other travel-related costs. Reasonable meals are available near the hotel. 

Hotel accommodations – Tuition includes rooming at the Radisson Blu Fargo Downtown for four nights, beginning the Monday before school starts and ending the last Friday of the session. 

Transportation – The Radisson Blu Fargo will be offering a complimentary airport shuttle to/from the Fargo Hector Airport. 

2024 Hotel check-in / check-out dates (included in tuition)*

Engineer School: Monday, October 21 / Friday, October 25 (four nights total) 

*Any additional hotel nights outside of the check-in/check-out dates listed above will be charged to the student at the daily hotel rate. 

Unless other advance arrangements are made with the BSDF by the sponsoring company, all students are expected to room at the Radisson Blu Downtown Fargo. It is imperative to let BSDF staff know by October 8, 2024 if a student has decided not to stay at this hotel, as BSDF must inform the Hotel of the rooming list at that time. 

General Plan of Courses

The instructor will assume that most of the students are proficient in the subjects listed under Eligibility, as this is an advanced course. 

Emergency situations do arise. The student must notify the director if they cannot attend a scheduled class. The director will work with the student to arrange make-up options for the 

student. A Certificate of Completion will be given to the student only when all assignments have been completed. 

Classes will be held in the classroom at the Radisson Blue Downtown. The typical daily class schedule will be as follows: 

  • Class will begin at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm on most days; however, class may start earlier or end later depending on the activity. 
  • There will be two 15-minute breaks (one morning and one afternoon) on lecture days. 
  • Lunch will be from 12 noon until 1 pm. 
  • Class on Friday will end at 12:00 pm. 

Students are required to attend class every day through Friday in order to receive their graduation certificate. 

Students will work on a group project to develop solutions to factory issues identified by the host company(ies). This group project allows students to network with individuals from other cooperatives, companies, and regions, discuss lecture learnings, share information and ideas, and develop solutions to real-world factory issues. On the last Friday of the session, each group will present their solutions to the rest of the class. 

When making travel arrangements, please note, students are required to attend class every day through Friday in full to receive their certificate of completion. Engineer School students are required to attend class on Friday, October 25 until 12:00pm. The hotel is approximately 10 minutes from the Fargo Airport. There are multiple transportation options to the hotel, including the Radisson Blu shuttle, rental car, Uber, Lyft, taxi, etc… 

We look forward to seeing you in Fargo, ND. 

Ed Swenson 
Director – MIBST Engineer School