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RETA CARO and CIRO Certifications

by on Apr.15, 2014, under News

retaRefrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) is an organization that is dedicated to help with the education of the Ammonia refrigeration industry.  Their Mission Statement: to enhance the professional development of industrial refrigeration operating and technical engineers shows the commitment and dedication to success they are trying to achieve.

RETA offers many course study materials to help operators to self-educate themselves but also offer a couple ANSI accredited tests known as the CARO Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator, and the CIRO Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator certifications.

There are several goals going along with these certification: to establish a nationally recognized standard of experience, education and training for refrigeration plant operators and supervisors, assist the refrigeration industry in developing and recognizing qualified plant operators and supervisors, encourage technical training and education as well as practical experience, promote safety, and increase public recognition of skills needed in the industrial refrigeration field.

It is extremely important that you just don’t study ready books to get knowledge o pass they exam, it is recommended to also study the supplemental packages before taking the exam.

CARO Certification

  • No Experience Required
  • Entry Level exam
  • 110 Questions multiple choice
  • 3 hour time limit
  • Supplement Package
  • 70% or higher to pass

The recommended study material to pass is Industrial Refrigeration 1 and Industrial Refrigeration IV from RETA.  GCAP’s Operator 1 course covers all this material and more and will also incorporate the practical “hands on experience” to enhance the learning experience.  If an individual can pass GCAP’s Operator I course and exam, they have a high probability they can pass the RETA CARO exam.  Since GCAP teaches refrigeration and this is a refrigeration exam the knowledge retained from our course greatly enhances your chances of passing this test.  As always you as an operator have to put forth the effort to apply yourself and utilize the knowledge.

CIRO Certification

RETA recommends 7 different refrigeration materials to attempt this test although passing these courses does not guarantee a passing score.  GCAP uses the Industrial Refrigeration II course in our Operator II training and this second course is used in preparation for operators to attempt the CIRO exam.  GCAP also uses the CIRO supplement from RETA’s website during this course we approach this supplement as a training tool for Operators of any experience to apply the skills required to evaluate a refrigeration system from an analytical standpoint as well as visualize the system in their minds from the information provided.  The CIRO exam is the most successful attempt to date to gauge an operator’s knowledge of refrigeration theory and basis from real life scenarios.  Every Operator II it is a joy to see operators understand the importance of round sheets in their facilities, accuracy and evaluation of these rounds are windows to our system.  There are calculations of HP and KW that are figured and although the average operator will not calculate these in their plant it shows them how important a slightly abnormal pressure increase can affect energy consumption.  It is also a great gauge on an operator’s ability to find the correct information based on the questions posed.  This skill is vital to management since they are relying many times on operators doing exactly that in their facility.

From the GCAP Operator II course perspective not only are you seeing this on paper you can see the reactions in our lab as “YOU” operate our systems.  In the second course you are given the procedure to operate the system and you balance the system based on heat loads in the lab.  Many of the scenarios from the two stage, DX and Flooded systems will happen as your run our lab equipment allowing you the opportunity to make the proper adjustments to solve the issue should it arise. GCAP believes that the combination of theory and lab training has helped us enable operators the best possible single training environment to successfully pass the CIRO certification exam.

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Danfoss Webinar on Liquid Injection Cooling

by on Apr.04, 2014, under News

danfossDanfoss is offering a webinar on liquid injection oil cooling.  April 15th @ 9:00 am EDT.

Register Today

Danfoss is a leader in the industry when it comes to liquid injection for industrial screw compressor oil cooling. Liquid injection has proven itself to be an effective choice for compressor cooling, has multiple benefits, and is widely used throughout the industry by all manufacturers. This webinar will outline the benefits of liquid injection oil cooling and how to control compressor temperature via our Danfoss ICM/ICF motorized valves, and our EKC 361 temperature controller for retrofit applications.

If you can’t make this date and time, please see the second e-mail where we are offering this webinar again on Wednesday April 16th from 2PM – 3PM (EST)

For more information contact Jason Paquette @ 410.513.1133 or jason_paquette@danfoss.com

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“Spanish” Ammonia Operator I

by on Mar.06, 2014, under News

Last week Anthony Verdugo took lead position of the first ever Ammonia Operator I course with hands on training equipment given in all Spanish.  Lectures, book, and RETA test was given in Spanish.  We had 8 participants from various locations across the US and one was from Peru.

Anthony said ” It was the very rewarding to be part of this class.  I enjoyed seeing guys wanting to learn, eager to ask questions, and see them make something of themselves.”

Spanish Ammonia Operator I

Course Reviews:

“Me gusto el curso de espanol porque hoy tengo un major conocimiento de el refrigerante Amoniaco dentro de un sistema. Antes del curso tenia muchas dudas y muchas de las dudas fueron discutidas en clase y aclaradas. Espero que tengan mas cursos en espanol para poder volver para seguir aprendiendo. Ha sido una muy Buena experiencia el haber tomado este entrenamiento ya que es muy util en el trabojo diaro, hace los labores para un trabajador mucho mas facil y ceguro.”

“I enjoyed the Spanish course because now I have a better understanding of the refrigerant inside the system. I came to GCAP with a lot of doubts and most of my doubts were discussed and understood in class with the rest of the students. I’m hoping to attend more Spanish courses in the future, its been a great experience to be a part of GCAP Training. All the knowledge learned is very useful on a daily basis when dealing with a refrigeration system, it makes our job a lot easier and safer!”

“El curso fue increiblemente informativo y profesional, te ayuda a entender los conceptos fisicos y operacionales. Lo que mas me ayudo en el curso fue al entender al 100% el funcionamiento operative del Sistema de amoniaco y su seguridad. En el medio donde me desenuelvo profesionalmente es la escuela mas conocida y estoy completamente satisfecho.”

“The course was incredibly informative and professional , it helped me understand the basic physical and operational concept of a refrigeration system. What helped me the most was the understanding of the operational concept and safety regards with this chemical to the fullest. you guys are the most known school in the middle east and I am very satisfied with the course.”

“Aprendi muchas cosas con el curso de espanol que se requieren diaro cuando trabajando con un Sistema de refrigeracion. Los instructors fueron muy flexibles a la hora de hacer preguntas. Lo que aprendi dentro del curso me va ayudar en el futuro. “

“I learned a great amount of knowledge this week that is required to understand on a daily basis when dealing with refrigeration system. The instructors were very flexiblewith time when it came to asking a question. What I’ve learned from this course is definitely going to help me in the future. “

“Lo que mas me gusto de este curso fue como las lecturas fueron explicadas, para que el operador las pudiera entender. Las demuestraciones tambien me ayudar entender me Sistema. Fue muy Buena la experienca y explicaron muchas cosas que tenia dudas.”

“The number one thing I liked about the course is the way the lectures were explained, basic to where an operator can understand. The demonstrations also helped me understand my system. The experience was awesome and a lot of questions were answered.”

“Lo que mas me gusto del curso fue la lectura de los compresores de doble etapa, y el topo de como purgar los condensadores manual o automatico. Obtube una gran experiencia en cuanto los conocimientos de un Sistema de refrigeracion mecanica, seria nesesario implementar un curso de C02 en espanol ya que es un refrigerante natural.”

What I liked about this course was the two stage lecture and the topic on how & when you should manual or auto purge. It was a great experience to understand a mechanical refrigeration system. A CO2 course might be necessary in the future since it is a natural refrigerant.

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GCAP trains Garden City Fire Department

by on Feb.27, 2014, under News

Garden City Ammonia Program and Garden City Fire Department continue initial and refresher training with the local fire department of Finney County, KS.

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Ammonia Gas Safety Blanket

by on Feb.10, 2014, under News

I recently was introduced to the Ammonia Gas Safety Blanket manufactured by Gas Safety Products LLC.

Dealing with ammonia and the potential to have a gas leak with any line opening this blanket could be very beneficial to safety for all involved.  GCAP has requested theirs for show students how this tool works. The blanket itself is designed to be attached to a water hose, wrap the pipe, and let the ammonia gas absorb into the water.

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GCAP went to ATMOsphere Asia

by on Feb.05, 2014, under News

Randy and Rachel Williams of GCAP went to the first ATMOsphere ASIA this week in Tokyo Japan.

Technology & Innovation: Having always been a pioneering advocate in the field of natural refrigerants, Japan is the ideal location for the first-ever ATMOsphere Asia Conference. This conference aims to support the uptake of leading natural refrigerant technologies from all over Asia by global markets and bring international suppliers to Asia. ATMOsphere Asia serves as a forum for exchanges between leading end-users, suppliers, academics and government representatives.

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ATMOsphere America 2014 will be San Francisco.  Look for GCAP to make this 3rd annual conference.  2013 Video Below.

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6th Annual Ammonia Safety Day

by on Jan.28, 2014, under News

Garden City Ammonia Program is proud to host the 6th Annual Ammonia Safety Day in Kansas City, KS. May 29,2014 at the Kansas City Community College.  Event will be held in the basketball gym.

This year we will have topics on Emergency Response, Incidental Release, Ammonia Sensors, Control Valves, OSHA, and EPA.

Must be pre-registered to guarantee a seat. Last year we had over 225 attendees and 18 vendors.  Hope to see you there this year.

Register Today

$35.oo per attendee

$350.00 per vendor

$500.00 sponsorship for breakfast or lunch

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Garden City Ammonia Program among the best in the US

by on Dec.04, 2013, under News



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Residents of Garden City are more than familiar with the Lee Richardson Zoo and the 2.2 million gallon “Big Pool,” but not as well known to some in Garden City would be being home to the world’s largest industrial, hands-on technical school and training lab.

Along the winding road of Fulton Street, just before one hits the highway, stands a facility recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the United States.

The Garden City Ammonia Program provides training for more than 600 different companies and instructs about 1,800 to 2,000 students a year.

“We’re kind of like a two-year technical school, but instead of going to school for two years, they are coming in and taking week-long courses,” Jeremy Williams, directing manager of the Garden City Ammonia Program, said.

And by “they,” Williams is referring to the students who take observation tests and written exams to check their knowledge on operating the machinery.

The program has close to 40 people in Garden City per week, who take two to three classes a week.

“We train refrigeration technicians and managers on how to use refrigers such as ammonia, refrigeration processors, carbon dioxide and steam boilers,” Williams said.

“What they are learning here is how to operate — safely and efficiently — these industrial systems,” he said.

Williams added that most of the students already have a “mechanical aptitude” and work for corporations such as Nestle, Sara Lee and Tyson.

“We want to see if they can exceed and go to the next level and progressively build their careers,” he said.

GCAP works with students from all of over the world, with 90 percent of its enrollment by people outside the state of Kansas. This week, there are 13 people from different states and five people from different countries, ranging from Alaska to Australia.

“It’s a fantastic program here,” Alessandro Silva, 41, who arrived at the program Nov. 5 from Brazil, said. “In Brazil, we don’t have a program like this which motivated me to come here. Everything is put on the table very clear. I want to learn as much as I can here to provide information for my country and colleagues.”

Patrick Fossey, 35, a Venezuelan from Chile, said he was “very satisfied with the program and facility.”

“Everything here is conceived to teach,” Fossey said. “It is a facility where you will come and learn.”

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H.R.1648 – Protecting America’s Workers Act

by on Dec.03, 2013, under News

Representative George Miller that has been in congress since 1975 has introduced legislation to revise the OSHA penalty structure. There are some interesting changes in this legislation that could tremendously affect our industry relating to fines and penalties.

  • Repeat Violations – Increased from $70,000 to $120,000
  • Serious Violations – OSHA has requested increase from $7,000 to $12,000.
  • Built in inflation adjustment for penalty amounts
  • Requirement of reporting of fatalities and hospitalizations of 2 or more employees (currently 3)
  • 5 years imprisonment for a 1st offence violation that causes or contributes to serious bodily harm to any employee but does not cause death to any employee – 10 years for subsequent offences
  • 10 years imprisonment for a 1st offence violation that causes or contributes to the death to any employee – 20 years for subsequent offences
  • Increases federal oversight of state OSHA plans
  • Increases whistle-blower protection
  • Allows multiple general duty citations – one for each affected employee

These would be massive changes to the enforcement of the OSHA rules.

You can read the bill at this link.

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Principles of Refrigeration

by on Nov.09, 2013, under News

These videos may be considered to be old school, but they are great videos on basic refrigeration done by the US government.

Principles of Refrigeration

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