GCAP CoolCast: Garden City Ammonia Program

New Pump Cut-Away @ GCAP

by on Apr.17, 2017, under News

Warrender LTD has been in business for over 40 years and GCAP is honored to showcase one of their newest cut-aways for hands-on-training.  GCAP would like to specifically thank Joseph Warrender for making this happen.  If it was not for people like himself and his company, we would not have great equipment to train off of.


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Hands on Boiler Training: A Dream to Reality

by on Apr.11, 2017, under News

GCAP is now moving on their 15 year of Hands-On Training.  In 2008 the school branched out and developed a new engine room for hands on training.  This ended up being 5 live boilers and the largest hands on training lab for boilers and steam in the industry.  Due to demand, GCAP has been in an expansion for Boiler Room number 2 that last few months.

Training Dates are available at this link

Boiler Lab # 1: A dream of 5 Steam Boilers in 2008 for hands-on-training


Boiler Lab #1: 5 Steam Boilers for Training

A dream of Boiler Room number 2 is coming true

Boiler Lab # 2: Early 2017


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Advanced RETA Refresher

by on Mar.15, 2017, under News

New Course Available

GCAP’s Advanced RETA Refresher Competencies 


Prerequisite: Suggest prior Ammonia Operator 1 and/or Ammonia Operator 2 Credentials

This class is designed to be a refresher for any individual that is looking to attempt RETA Certification credentials such as the CARO (Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator) or the CIRO (Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator).  Individuals can also take this class as an overview refresher without sitting for the exams.

If a student was to take GCAP’s Ammonia Operator 1 Course that would be preparing for the CARO.  If a student was to take GCAP’s Ammonia Operator 2 Course that would be preparing the the CIRO and would be no need to take this class if sitting for those exams following the particular course.  This course is for individuals whom have have past experience, training and are now trying to sit for the exams and would like a review/refresher before taking the test. Also, many certifications/licenses across the country require continue education credits.  This class can meet what most require.

We suggest that you bring you past Ammonia Operator 1 and 2 books be supplemented with the book “Seeing Industrial Refrigeration from the Inside Out”. The class will be studying from multiple sources to prepare for the optional certification(s).  If you don’t have any prior books contact our office.

GCAP will provide several supplemental handouts, refresher exams,  study questions, and  RETA’s Online practice exam for the CARO/CIRO exams.  Participants will have the option of sitting for the RETA CARO or CIRO Examination on the last day of class  (must meet RETA requirements for testing). For RETA requirements and testing fees please contact our office.

Day 1: Review/Refresh

  • Safety
  • Ammonia as a Chemical
  • Heat Transfer
  • Saturated / Superheated / Subcooling (Measurements)
  • Compressor Applications
  • Condensers
  • Purging
  • Refresher Exam of Ammonia Operator 1 material

Day 2: Review/ Refresh

  • Troubleshooting Screens
  • Liquid Feed(s) to Evaporators
  • Defrost
  • Enthalpy
  • Psychometric
  • Brake Horse Power (BHP)
  • Kilowatts (Kw)
  • Power Cost in Dollars
  • HP/TON
  • Kw/TON
  • RETA Online Practice Exam

Day 3: Review / Refresh

  • Electrical Schematics
  • Ladder Diagrams
  • Compression Ratio Calculations
  • Practice Questions relating to CIRO Screen and Calculations
  • Test for Certification
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Alfa Laval donates U-Turn Heat Exchanger to GCAP

by on Mar.06, 2017, under News


Danny Hauenstein and Jeremy Williams

This last week in San Antonia Texas, Alfa Laval was showcasing their partially flooded U-Bend / U-Turn plate and frame heat exchanger.  Since ALfa Laval showcased this a few years back the crew at GCAP has had to have one.  Danny Hauenstein made it happen this week and it’s is getting shipped to Kansas.  We have saved a special place for this unit in the hopes getting one for the training lab.


  • Compact dimensions
  • Shorter height and length allowing installation onsite without dismantling
  • No additional support is needed, as the U-Turn separator is supported entirely by the plate heat exchanger
  • Easy maintenance, as both sides of the plate heat exchanger are fully accessible.
  • All ammonia connections access the same side which makes installation easy
  • Integrated oil drain
  • Stainless steel ensuring corrosion resistance and no need of surface treatment
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  • It ensures efficient separation – due to the use of four different
    separation methods.
  • The short vertical ammonia driving columns, allowing small
    temperature approaches and high system efficiency.
  • Sliding support allows thermal expansion, ensuring no
    thermal tensions build up.
  • Significant oil pot volume in standard execution enough
    for manual drain
  • Separation based on droplet size 0.15 mm
  • Margin for separation is 25% plus one nominal diameter
  • Maximum separation gas velocity is restricted to 60% of
    the re-entrainment velocity, avoiding liquid brought back
    to the gas flow.
  • Extra safety margin from 180° U-bend.




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Calibration Technologies

by on Feb.21, 2017, under News

Calibration Technologies; Specialist in Gas Detection have supported GCAP for many years.  The new engine room will be monitored by CTI equipment and we just got a brand new Ammonia detection system from them.   CTI sensors are built for the harshest industrial environments from engine rooms and docks, to air handlers and blast freezers. Many thanks to Calibration Technologies for supporting industrial refrigeration safety and training through GCAP.


Calibration Technologies is a leading manufacturer of gas detection systems and accessories operating out of Columbia, MO. CTI has provided toxic and flammable gas detection sales and service for many years. Our engineers and technicians have over 30 years of experience in system design, sales, and field service.

CTI servicse a wide variety of industries including food processing plants, cold storage plants, chiller plants, rendering plants, power plants, chemical plants, pharmaceutical plants, ships, and hazmat/emergency response agencies.

CTI specializes in detecting a variety of gases including: Ammonia, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Hydrogen, Methane, Hydrogen Sulfide, Chlorine, Halocarbons,and more.

Calibration Technologies provides sales, repairs, and in-house calibration services for fixed and portable gas detectors. Our service technicians provide on-site calibration at customer facilities, including certified documentation and field calibration service for all your gas detection equipment. We have decades of experience designing and calibrating ammonia gas sensors, making sure they work in your extreme environments.



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Look at GCAP’s new Toy

by on Jan.18, 2017, under News

The Parker V300 Rapid Purger just arrived this week and we just got it mounted in the new engine room.  Many thanks to John Shish and Parker Hannifin to their dedication to industrial refrigeration training through GCAP.  We can not wait to get it running within the new engine room.

Parker 1

The V300 Rapid Purger is designed to safely remove non-condensable gases from ammonia refrigeration systems.

  • NEW: Ammonia loss calculation viewable and stored for 12 weeks
  • Compact Design that weighs less than 75lbs
  • Made from 100% corrosion free components
  • RS-485 Communication capability
  • Records purge cycles, purge time, and ammonia loss
  • Password protection prevents tampering
  • Multiple language display
  • Factory calibrated for plug and play functionality
  • Autamatically adjusts vent pressures based on system conditions
  • Energy savings sleep mode will activate with the lack of non-condensables gases
  • Proprietary microprossor control fo al sensing and control functions


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2017 Training Tour

by on Jan.11, 2017, under News


  • PSM/RMP/CalARP @ Bakersfield, CA: March 20-23

  • PSM/RMP @ McDonough, Georgia: April 24-27

  • PSM/RMP @ Arab, Alabama: February 6-9

  • PSM/RMP @ Arab, Alabama: August 14-17

  • Ammonia Operator 2 @ Logan Utah: May 22-25

  • Ammonia Operator 1 @ Houston Texas: March 27-30

  • Ammonia Operator 1 @ Arab Alabama: April 3-6

  • SPANISH Ammonia Operator 1 @ Bakersfield CA: May 15-18

  • Ammonia Operator 1 @ Bakersfield CA: June 12-15

  • Boiler 1 @ Des Moine Iowa: April 3-6

  • Boiler 1 @ McDonough Georgia, May 8-11

  • Boiler 1 @ Knoxville Tennessee: May 22-25

  • Boiler 1 @ Harrisburg Pennsylvania: June 12-15

  • Boiler 1 @ Fife, Washington: June 26-29

  • Boiler 1 @ Plainfield, Indiana: July 31 – August 3

GCAP will come to city near you.  To save a date give us a call @ 620.271.0037



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New Book Coming Available

by on Dec.01, 2016, under News

GCAP’s Spanish Operator 1 book “Understanding Industrial Refrigeration from the Inside Out” has always been something we’ve wanted to offer to the industry. Anthony Verdugo and Miguel Bermudez have been challenged to translate GCAP’s English book completely into Spanish. Once the book is done, it will be used along with the Spanish lectures we offer in the Spanish Operator 1 course.   The goal is to have the book done and edited by April 2017!

When Anthony Verdugo came aboard in 2012, GCAP had the idea of developing a Spanish Division. Taking advantage of his bilingual abilities, he was given the responsibility to revise and re-edit the RETA Spanish book 1. After re-editing the RETA Spanish book 1, and developing Spanish lectures to go with it, we decided to launch our very first Spanish Seminar for Entry Level Operators. After doing a couple Spanish Seminars we realized that the material being presented was good, but the book wasn’t exactly what GCAP was trying get across to our students.

20161130_160729In 2015 GCAP decided to hire another Spanish Instructor, Miguel Bermudez was the perfect individual for the job. Therefore, Anthony and Miguel took the opportunity to begin converting the GCAP’s English book to Spanish.  A lot of hard work and dedication is being put into this book as we speak. “Translating an entire book to Spanish is not an easy task to do” said, Anthony Verdugo but “we look forward to offer a new Spanish Book for Entry Level Operators along with great Spanish lectures and the best hands on training lab in the U.S” said, Miguel Bermudez.  Once the book is completely done, we will be proud to announce that the Spanish Operator 1 Book “Understanding Industrial Refrigeration from the Inside Out” will be the new and improved textbook being used in our Spanish Seminars.

If you would like to get the book pre-ordered please give us a call @ 620.271.0037 or email us: ammonia@pld.com



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by on Nov.22, 2016, under News

Today we recieved our shipment of Tattle’s for the new engine room.  We would like to thank Brad Bergman for working this up for us and supporting GCAP.  This a great product and look forward to getting use them in GCAP’s new edition.  The Tattle pressure relief vent indicator offers a simple yet innovative solution to quickly identify when a pressure relief valve has been activated. A Tattle installed on the outlet of a pressure relief valve (PRV) can be the first line of defense against the costly and potentially hazardous release of refrigerants such as ammonia, Freon, steam, or other compressed gasses. By providing a visual indication of what can be an intermittent event, the Tattle allows the system operator a quick, reliable, and cost effective solution to a problem that could go undetected for a significant amount of time.  Visit this website fore more information.




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2nd Annual Scholorships

by on Oct.20, 2016, under News

Every year in Kansas City Kansas for about the last decade GCAP has hosted an annual ammonia safety day.  The last few years proceeds have been used for scholarships for local students from Finney county Kansas.  Thank you all for the support of the safety day.

Two area students have been named the 2nd recipients of the Ronnie Peek Memorial Scholarship for 2016 funded by Garden City Ammonia Program known as GCAP. The scholarship fund, named in memory of 16 year Garden City fire department veteran Ronnie Peek whom died during a training exercise in 2015.

Each recipient has recieved $1,500 scholarship of the 2016/2017 school year.

This is Maria’s second year to to receive the the scholarship and she is in her sophomore year at K-State University studying Psychology.  She is an alumni of Garden City High School and her parent is employed with the Garden City Police Department.

Nicholas is a recent graduate from Garden City High School.  His parents are employed by the Garden City Police Department and Garden City Fire Department.  He will be studying localy at Garden City Community College and plans on becoming a EMT/Paramedic.  He enjoys tennis, computer programming, robotics, and attends Bible Christian Church.

We at GCAP wish you be best for you education and hope in launches you into a rewarding career.

To apply for future scholarships one must be a resident of Finney county and be a child of a current parent whom works for the Garden City police department, Garden City fire department, Finney county EMS, sheriff’s department,  or state patrol department and resides in Finney county.  More info at this link .

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