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Where will the actual Hands-On Training take place?
The HOT Program will take place at the Hal Ross Flour Mill located on the Kansas State University campus.

The address is: 1980 Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66506

When does the HOT Program take place?  How long is it?

Dec. 3-5, 2019.  It will be 2.5 days in length, starting Tuesday morning and ending Thursday around noon.

What time does the training start and end?

Training will take place over three consecutive days, from 8 a.m. to about 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 8 noon on Thursday.  Because of the early start on the first day, most participants will want to plan arriving to Manhattan a day prior to the program start.

What should I expect during the training?  What is the format?

The HOT Program is going to be extremely interactive. You will be guided through five individual modules, each focusing on a different type of  grain conveying equipment.  Each module will last roughly half a day. Participants will be divided into small groups (six people) on the first day and go through each module with the same group. Modules will start with instruction and orientation  before  proceeding into direct, hands-on work with the equipment.

How do I register?

Registration is done completely online. Registration is limited to 30 participants and will be closed when capacity is reached.

How much does the HOT Training cost?  Are there group discounts?

The program costs $1,375 for GEAPS members and $1,725 for non-members.  There are currently no group discounts available.

What do I need to complete before attending the in-person training?

All participants need to complete three online modules at least one week prior to the in-person training.  These modules cover safety, lubrication and preventative maintenance.  After your registration is complete, each participant receives access to an online K-State course room for all three modules.

After completing the HOT Program, will I receive any credentials or certification?

Yes, participants who fully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion and at least two continuing education units (CEUs).  In order to be considered complete, participants need to:

  1. Complete all three online modules
  2. Participate in all five in-person training modules on site
  3. Pass all post-training assessments.

Who is the HOT Program designed for?  Who should consider attending?

The HOT Program is designed for anyone responsible for grain facility equipment maintenance and repair, maintenance training or maintenance-program protocol or systems development. People with a wide range of experience and training are expected to benefit, including frontline maintenance workers, grain facility managers and supervisors with equipment repair and maintenance roles.

What equipment will be used in the hands-on training?

  • Bucket elevator
  • Distributors
  • Screw conveyors
  • Bin sweep
  • Chain conveyors
  • Belt conveyors

How should I arrange for hotel accommodations?

After your registration is complete you will receive  details regarding how to arrange for your hotel accommodations with discounted rates.

Is any transportation provided?

Yes, some on-site transportation is provided. Participants will need to arrange for their own transportation to Manhattan. There will be daily round-trip transportation provided from the hotel to the HOT program – one shuttle in the morning and one in the afternoon.

What should I plan to bring with me to the in-person training?

What items to bring is mostly a personal preference. You will receive a manual the first day of training to guide you through the program and take/organize notes. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet, however the actual training environment may not allow for much use of these resources.

What is the required attire?

Participants should come dressed for maintenance work; plan to get dirty, and do not wear any loose clothing. You must bring your own steel-toed boots and work gloves. Other  standard safety gear, including hard hats and eye protection, will be provided for use by K-State.

Are meals provided?

Yes, some meals are provided.  Lunch and breaks will be covered each day.  For breakfast and dinner, participants will be on their own.


If your question was not included in the list provided above, please contact Melissa Ferguson with GEAPS.