Educational Short Courses

Short Courses are developed specifically for the minerals professional. These courses provide professional development that is part of the path to a successful career. Take advantage of the short courses offered in conjunction with the SME MN Conference and enhance your career trajectory.


Full and half-day courses available.
All courses include:

  • Course material
  • Coffee breaks

 

PLANT SHORT COURSE: AN OVERVIEW OF AGGLOMERATION AND PELLET PLANT TECHNOLOGY - PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

Monday, April 11, 2022 | 8:00am - 4:30pm
Instructor: Chris Schutter, Collin Bartlett

Description: This short course will provide the attendees with a basic understanding of the processes and equipment utilized in iron mining pellet plants. As the iron mines in Minnesota and across the world look to decrease costs, reduce emissions, and increase efficiency, the review of current and future technologies related to each step of the agglomeration and pellet plant processes will provide a basis for potential plant improvement. The short course discussion will focus on the process and the major pieces of process equipment including balling drums/disks, roll screens, and induration furnace technologies (straight grate and rotary kiln). This training will also include active participation from the relevant equipment manufacturers for many of these processes in order to provide the most up to date review of potential upcoming changes and improvements in technology.

The course will cover the following specific aspects:

  1. Review of Iron Ore Pelletization
    1. Review of North American iron ore mine pellet plant history
    2. Introduction and review of agglomeration and pellet plant operation
  2. Agglomeration
    1. Binder addition
      1. Organic Binder
      2. Bentonite
    2. Balling circuits
      1. Balling Drums
      2. Bailing Discs
    3. Roll Screens
  3. Induration Furnaces
    1. Straight Grate
    2. Rotary Kiln
  4. Environmental Considerations
  5. Panel Discussion - Equipment Manufacturers
    1. Future Advancements
    2. Major Challenges
ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT COURSE: WILD RICE ECOLOGY AND POTENTIAL IMPLICATIONS TO INDUSTRIAL DISCHARGERS

April 11, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 4:30pm | $75
Instructor: O'Niell Tedrow, Northeast Technical Services, Inc.

Description: In recent years, Minnesota industrial and municipal dischargers to wild rice waters have come under increasing scrutiny as stakeholders have attempted to better understand wild rice ecology and potential influences of industrially influenced waters on wild rice phenology. In this short course, the instructor will present attendees with an introduction into the ecology of wild rice and constituents of concern that may have adverse influences on its growth, productivity, and distribution. Multiple case studies will be presented, giving attendees a look into some on-going research being conducted to help NPDES permittees prepare for potential changes in permitting. For this course, a portion of the instructor's current PhD Dissertation research will be presented as the above-mentioned case studies.

Instructor bio: In 2004, O'Niell Tedrow earned a Bachelor's of Science in Aquatic Biology from St. Cloud State University with a research focus on Freshwater Toxicology. O'Niell continued his education at Clemson University, and in 2007 earned a Master's of Science Degree in Forest Resources with an emphasis on Freshwater Toxicology. Following graduation, he worked as a USEPA SSA Research Assistant in Athens, GA, from Sept. 2007 – June 2009. In June 2009, he became full-time employed at Northeast Technical Services, Inc. in Virginia, MN, as a Water Resources Scientist / Aquatic Toxicologist until August 2012 when he became a Biology Instructor at Vermilion Community College while retaining a part-time position at NTS as a Water Resources Scientist / Aquatic Toxicologist. In early 2019, he returned to a full-time position at NTS as an Aquatic Toxicologist and Ecologist. Currently, O'Niell is pursuing a PhD from Lakehead University with a focus on wild rice ecology and anticipates graduating in August 2020.

 

MINE SHORT COURSE: REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS AND THE SUSTAINABILITY OF SURFACE MINING: A REVIEW OF TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS IN MINING EQUIPMENT TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

April 11, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 4:30pm | $75
Instructors: Nicholas Voelz, Luke Tolley, and Michael Fleet

Description: The surface loading team would present around the topic of quantifying loading tool sustainability and the reduction of carbon emissions. This would be a presentation around sustainability of various loading tools and methods to review/quantify the metrics of sustainability. Examples include how to analyze fuel consumption and its effects on sustainability and maximizing production in a sustainable manner with a loading tool fleet.

Instructor Bios:Nicholas Voelz is the Production Manager of Electric Mining Shovels at Komatsu in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He is a Mechanical Engineer with 13 years of mining/shovel experience.

Luke Tolley is the Production Manager of Hybrid Shovels at Komatsu in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He is a Mining Engineer with 10 years of experience in the mining/equipment industry.

Michael Fleet is a Production Manager with 33 years in the mining/equipment industry, 15 years in wheel loader and haul truck design (hydraulics and pneumatics), and 18 years in production management. His background also includes engineering, sales, product support, applications, and manufacturing.

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