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  • October 11, 2018

    Operator II Oct. 11, 2018

    Check out these photos of our Operator II students hard at work!

    Operator II is a 4 ½ day course of industrial refrigeration training. This builds on the material from the Ammonia Refrigeration and Industrial Refrigeration Operator 1 classes.

    This course has a ton of lab time and hands-on learning! In fact, more than any other course. Students are graded based on their performance in the lab and tests that are lab focused. After passing, they’re awarded a certificate.

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  • October 2, 2018

    Operator I - October 2018

    Students are out in the lab and busy learning for the Operator I course!

    This is a second level training class. It covers material from RETA’s Industrial Refrigeration 1 and 4 books.

  • September 29, 2018

    Ammonia Refrigeration and HAZWOPER Combo course - Sept. 2018

    Students took part in our Ammonia Refrigeration and HAZWOPER Combo course this week! This course should be considered a minimum requirement for entry level industrial refrigeration operators, decision makers involved or personnel involved in PSM/RMP and those who respond to ammonia releases.

    Pictured is HAZWOPER 8. This refresher course is for those who have completed the 24 hour Hazardous Materials Technician Training and would like classroom instruction and hands-on drills.

    On Friday, they simulated an ammonia leak and suited up to respond to and fix the hazard. Check out the photos of students solving the situation!

  • September 27, 2018

    Zach speaks at the Western Virginia Expo

    IRTC’s own instructor, Zach, spoke at the Blue Ridge Chapter’s Western Virginia Expo on Thursday! His presentation topic was “Hands-On: Setting Hand Expansion Valves.”

    “We looked at the three main applications of hand expansion valves in refrigeration systems (expansion, minimum flow, and metering for recirculated evaporators),” Zach said. “We quickly reviewed enthalpy (P-h) diagrams to explain why these applications are different, and how the correct setpoints could be calculated using engineering data. We then kicked on the system, and explored checking the setpoint, and different practical approaches to setting them that don’t involve calculations.”

    Zach was also able to sit in and listen to other presentations and enjoyed hearing from manufacturers.

    IRTC was happy to be a part of expo day. We were also excited to host the presentations here in IRTC’s classroom! In addition to Zach speaking, there were 8 other presentations. More than 30 vendors attended and set up booths outside.

    Thanks to everyone who came out and made the expo day a success! We look forward to being involved in the expo next year.