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HOT Program, Distributor

It’s Time to Get Your Hands Dirty

Maintaining equipment is hard. You need experience to get the job done right. It’s hard to practice at your facility – shutting down any part of the operation costs money. Fortunately for you, GEAPS and Kansas State University offer the Hands-On Training (HOT) Program and Grain Elevator Managers (GEM) Course to give you the experience needed to keep grain flowing smoothly.

HOT Program

Get into the nuts and bolts of common grain conveying equipment in the HOT Program at Kansas State University in the Hal Ross Flour Mill. Registration costs $1,375 for GEAPS members and $1,725 for non-members.

Over the course of two and a half days, you will work on:

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

“Removing the tiling from the distributor and then having the chance to put it back together all by myself was a great experience. I am always around equipment like this, and I know the names of the major parts, but this training allowed me to see the inner workings to get a better understanding of what is happening at our facility.”

Rhonda Knutson, United Grain Corp

Learn more about the program.

GEM Course

If you are a new manager, the amount of information you are suddenly in charge of can feel overwhelming. Let us help with this four-day course. You will learn to correctly interpret the experiences you will have managing grain quality, and the insight you will need to improve operations practices including:

  • Aeration/Fumigation Workshop
  • Aeration
  • Case Scenario – Group Exercises
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Flour Mill Tour/HOT Equipment (temperature cables, mycotoxin analysis)
  • Grain Drying
  • Grain Elevator Safety
  • Grain Fumigation Grain
  • Quality Characteristics
  • Grain Quality Management Part I: Storage
  • Practices/Pest Control
  • Grain Quality Management Part II: Molds and Mycotoxins
  • Grain Receiving and Shipping
  • Inventory Management
  • Operation Costs
  • Personnel Management
  • Psychometrics and Equilibria
  • Temporary Storage Options

Course Instructors

Carlos Campabadal, Kansas State University
Kevin Donnelly, Kansas State University
Bob Marlow, Retired, The Andersons Inc.
Greg Lehmann, Concordia Terminal
Tom Phillips, Kansas State University
Kaliramesh Siliveru, Kansas State University

The GEM course has been postponed until Dec. 8-11, 2020. It costs $670 for GEAPS members and $1,000 for non-members.

Register for the GEM Course

Learn more about the course.