ProAROE: Professional Ammonia Refrigeration Operator Education for seafood processors

Coming this fall — dates TBD

The Professional Ammonia Refrigeration Operator Education for seafood processors (ProAROE) program will be available starting September 2023. The program develops mechanically skilled employees into qualified refrigeration operators.

ProAROE is a three-level program providing workers the skills and competencies specific to operating ammonia refrigeration systems in the Alaskan seafood industry:

  • Level 1 Assistant Ammonia Refrigeration Operator 
  • Level 2 Assistant Ammonia Refrigeration Operator
  • Level 3 Ammonia Refrigeration Full Operator

The program focuses on equipment commonly found in Alaskan seafood processing operations, including plate freezers, ice machines, and refrigerated seawater heat exchangers. Workers will be trained for Alaska conditions, including the seasonal nature of the systems and facilities, typical maintenance periods, and running seasonal projects. 

Each level of ProAROE involves several computer-based learning modules followed by a 5-day, 40-hour intensive hands-on class. Testing will be part of each level. After successful completion of the online and hands-on training segments, participants will receive a certificate outlining the acquired skills and competencies. 

Man wearing hat, glasses and mask looking at an ammonia refrigeration unit in a processing plant.

Photo courtesy of Kris Norosz.

Starting September 2023, the ProAROE Level 1 Assistant Ammonia Refrigeration Operator online training modules will be available, with the first hands-on classes held in Kodiak in October. The hands-on classes will be limited to 12 trainees, so we anticipate offering two classes in October.

Tuition will be charged for the program. For more information, please contact Caleb Taylor, Alaska Sea Grant’s seafood workforce development coordinator.

ProAROE is a collaboration of the Alaska Research Consortium, iWorkWise, and Alaska Sea Grant, with support from a federal grant. We are excited to offer this new program supporting the safety and quality of seafood in Alaska.

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