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Registration Open For GEAPS/K-State Aeration System Design and Materials Handling Distance Ed Courses

Date Posted: April 10, 2013

Sign up for GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design or GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I, and begin working toward a Credential or Specialist Credential in Grain Operations Management today, available only from the GEAPS/Kansas State University Distance Education Program.

GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I is the first in a three-part series and focuses on the properties and flow characteristics of grains and other dry bulk materials.

Students will learn the basic principles of dry bulk material flow; material properties and characteristics; bin capacities and pressures; types, selection and sizing of spouting, valves, distributors and gates; and components, designing, sizing and powering of screw conveyors.

This course is designed for people with responsibilities relating to management, operation and maintenance within grain storage or handling and processing facilities.

It is one of six distance education courses that make up the Credential in Grain Operations Management (CGOM).

It also confers credit towards the Specialist Credential in Grain Handling Equipment Management, a specialization available after completion of the CGOM.

GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design will focus on the design and operation of aeration systems for dry grain storage structures with flat, hopper and V-bottoms in corrugated steel bins, concrete silos, large diameter tanks, horizontal storage structures and outdoor piles/bunkers.

It will review the relationship between air and grain properties, and cover the selection and sizing of fans and their operational management for conditioning and cooling grains.

GEAPS 521 is designed for those responsible for grain quality preservation and aeration equipment operation, design, selection and purchasing.

This course counts towards the Specialist Credential in Grain Quality Management, another specialization available after completion of a CGOM.

Ideally, students should take GEAPS 520: Quality Grain Management before taking this course, but it is not a requirement.

The NEW GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Operations is also offered in April, which introduces participants to the key purposes, equipment and processes of grain handling facilities. Participation in this course confers credit to the Credential in Grain Operations Management Credential (CGOM).

For more information about any of these credential tracks, please click here.

The courses run April 22-May 24. Registration for all three courses closes April 16. Enrollment for each course is limited to 60 students.

To register or get complete information on these distance education courses, click here, or contact Rose Miller or Chuck House at GEAPS: rose@geaps.com; chuck@geaps.com; (952) 928-4640.

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