Industrial operator training programs such as Garden City Ammonia Program’s Operator I, II and III training courses are designed around the National Taskforce Ammonia Refrigeration Training Guideline, which was developed by the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) and Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) to build consistency in training programs. This format identifies the primary areas of study and learning objectives for operators, with a goal of eliminating confusion and providing a roadmap for companies struggling with the task of meeting governmental regulations.
Specifically, the GCAP programs are designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Enhance safety at plants by developing ammonia refrigeration training guidelines that diminish the risk of human errors.
- Create a framework for operators to grow their skills by engaging them in a lifelong career path.
- Build a foundation of knowledge for operators by providing them with the necessary guidelines to continuously improve the safety, productivity and efficiency of the refrigeration systems they operate.
- Unify operator training between individual facilities and training organizations.
- Facilitate employers in evaluating operators' skills and knowledge.
Training manuals, references, support materials and hands-on training are included as part of both the on-site facility training and training at the GCAP technical school in Garden City, Kan. After every class, learning is assessed through written achievement tests, verbal interview, and demonstration performance on the equipment.
The program is designed in three levels to meet the needs of beginners and experienced operators. The Operator I training program stresses safety, system knowledge and energy conservation. At the conclusion of the program, additional information is provided to each participant to study independently. The Operator II training program provides a basic overview of troubleshooting industrial refrigeration systems with problems that can occur every day in a control room/equipment room. The Operator III training program covers best engineering practices and advanced training in each participant’s specific plant design.
Additional training is also available to help companies understand the regulations and all of the documentation required when working with ammonia.
A well-trained operator should know how a refrigeration system works, how the system in their plant functions, how to operate the equipment in the most efficient mode, and how to operate the system safely in accordance with written operating procedures. A solid training program can help plants achieve these objectives.
To purchase a copy of the Ammonia Refrigeration Training Guideline, visit www.iiar.org.