MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Giving professionals who work in the grain industry hands-on experience maintaining, repairing and reassembling grain conveying equipment was the goal of the second annual GEAPS/Kansas State University (KSU) Hands-On Training program held at the IGP Institute Dec. 11-13. There were 30 participants who joined in the training.

“The GEAPS Hands-On Training program focuses on giving participants a practical learning experience on maintenance and operations of grain handling equipment,” said Carlos Campabadal, IGP Institute out-reach specialist for feed manufacturing and grain quality management. “We are one of the few places where the grain industry can send their people to get trained on how to operate and maintain equipment like screw conveyors, bucket elevators and belt conveyors among other things.”

Attendees were able to explore in-depth, hands-on practices using machinery in the Hal Ross Flour Mill. Prior to the start of the course, all participants completed three one-hour-long modules to ensure safety, lubrication and implementation of maintenance program practices.

“The training had participants working in small groups to repair common grain conveying and material handling equipment,” said Melissa Ferguson, GEAPS continuing education programs leader. “The program provides incredible value to industry professionals looking to enhance their skills and further their careers. It also provides value for companies by strengthening the knowledge and proficiency of their employees.”