U.S. Technical College shows off ammonia training programme at Expo

By Sabine Lobnig, Feb 05, 2009, 00:00 1 minute reading

As the only college to offer training programmes on ammonia refrigeration east of the Mississippi, Lanier Tech has attracted more than 5,000 students from all over the US and Canada over the last 10 years. At last week’s International Poultry Expo in Georgia, it presented its courses, which are strongly supported by the industry.

Lanier Technical College currently administers one of only a few in the U.S. ammonia refrigeration training programmes. Since its debut in 2001, the ammonia programme has been exceeding expectations with student numbers rising from 250 in the first year to now 400 attending classes every year. As the interest in the natural refrigerant is increasing, participants find their way from all US states, and as far as Canada and Puerto Rico, to Georgia’s only facility offering knowledge on ammonia refrigeration With the food industry being a major application area for ammonia refrigeration, the College last week presented its programme at the International Poultry Expo, held at the Georgia World Congress Center, 28-30 January.

The courses

The College offers three levels of operator training along with several specialised workshops to meet the industry’s needs. The courses focus on safety, operation, and maintenance as well as technical and economic issues, while in the lab, a system can be purposely misadjusted so students see the repercussions.

Industry’s need for ammonia knowledge

The $2 million, 5,000-square-foot training facility including a state-of-the-art laboratory on the Lanier Technical College Oakwood campus was built with the support of the food processing industry, underlining the urgent need for ammonia refrigeration training in the U.S. The lab features three different refrigeration systems comparable to those found in industry.


The program started in 1999 as a collaborative effort with Lanier Technical College, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and two trade organisations - the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) and the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR). Funding was provided by the industry, the Food Processing Advisory Council of the Georgia Traditional Industries Programme and the Georgia's Department of Technical and Adult Education.


By Sabine Lobnig

Feb 05, 2009, 00:00

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