MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Learn about grain and ingredient handling characteristics and equipment in grain handling and processing facilities in GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I.

This online course from the GEAPS/Kansas State University Distance Education Program is the first in a three-part series that focuses on the properties and flow characteristics of grains and other dry bulk materials.

It aims to teach students 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; components, designing, sizing and powering of screw conveyors.

Registration for the course closes Jan. 2.

“I took this course to help me understand the flow of grain through an elevator in a more complete, technical manner,” said Jeff Malek, CGOM, Rahr Malting Co. “I don't have much of a background in maintenance. This course has helped me make split-second decisions with more confidence. I can identify issues with equipment and get them fixed before it causes a major problem.”

Materials Handling I is designed for people with responsibilities relating to management, operation and maintenance within grain storage or handling and processing facilities — specifically, grain-facility owners/operators; elevator superintendents; location or regional managers; designers, engineers and maintenance personnel; university students and anyone with a professional need to learn more about grain and ingredient handling characteristics and the equipment used in grain and processing facilities.

GEAPS 550 is one of six courses required for credentials in Grain Operations Management and Grain Processing Management. Three additional courses are also available in January. For more information on courses or credentials, visit the program website.