MANHATTAN, Kan. — New technologies are continuing to be developed within the global grain industry and often the challenge for technical professionals is how to keep their skills sharp. The new Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS)–KSU Hands-On-Training (HOT) Program was held December 12–14, 2017, to enhance their skills. The hands-on portion was held at the IGP Institute Conference Center, which followed three weeks of online training that the 30 participants completed before coming to campus.
“We are very excited that after more than two years of preparing, we launched the first offering of the GEAPS–KSU Hands-On-Training Program,” says Carlos Campabadal, course coordinator and IGP Institute feed manufacturing and grain quality management specialist. “This course helps industry professionals learn the importance of operating and performing maintenance on grain conveying equipment.”
The program provided participants with hands-on knowledge to safely operate and maintain common grain conveying equipment through demonstrations, practice and immediate feedback. The training also focused on topics including lubrication, preventative maintenance, open and enclosed belt conveyors, bucket elevators, screw conveyor and bin sweep, chain and incline conveyors, and workplace safety.
“Everybody has been very eager to learn in the program and I’ve definitely enjoyed the interaction with all of the participants,” says Bob Marlow, owner of Operations Professional Services in Walton, Indiana. Marlow was the instructor of the open and enclosed conveyors portion, and is a lifetime member of GEAPS.
“From my perspective I really tried to bring my experience that I had in the industry and share it with others to help with the education and training,” he adds.
The HOT Program was designed for grain industry professionals who are responsible for grain facility equipment maintenance and repair, maintenance training, maintenance program protocol or systems development. This course also benefited grain facility managers and supervisors with equipment repair and maintenance roles, and frontline maintenance workers.
“I have enjoyed the instructors in the program who do a really great job of conveying what they know and not talking over anyone’s head,” says Duane Geiger, operations manager at Michigan Agricultural Commodities in Marlette, Michigan. “I’ve also enjoyed listening and learning from all of the other people here that may have different approaches to installing or repairing the different machines and equipment.”
The training was led by KSU faculty and staff, as well as GEAPS members and several other industry professionals.
GEAPS is an organization that supports the domestic and international grain storage industry, providing forums for exchanging ideas and information about continual improvement in grain and oilseed supply chain infrastructure operations. The partnership between the society and the Kansas State University IGP Institute provides a wealth of industry knowledge through numerous distance education courses in the GEAPS learning program that are offered at IGP.
Campabadal says, “We are looking forward to continue offering this type of course with the goal of always helping the industry.”
This is a new, specialized training the IGP Institute offered within its GEAPS course schedule for the year. Additionally, the institute offers several courses focusing in grain marketing and risk management, flour milling and grain processing, and feed manufacturing and grain quality management. To learn more about these other training opportunities, visit the IGP Institute website at www.ksu.edu/igp. To learn more about GEAPS courses visit www.geaps.com.
— Samantha Albers, Communications Intern, GEAPS–KSU
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