Cross Training School

The very nature of public power requires an ability to respond 24/7. Having a cross-trained pool of employees can help ensure you have sufficient numbers of trained personnel to perform necessary work in a cost-effective manner.

The goal of our Cross Training School is to create a competent ground person who will be able to recognize tools, equipment, and hazards to help keep the lineworker safe and efficient. The program was developed for the purpose of providing a basic yet thorough skills training, so that everyone who participates will leave with a solid foundation to build on.

The 2024 Cross Training School will be held August 6–8 at the MMUA Training Center in Marshall. To learn more about this year's program, click the image of the brochure.

Event details

August 6–8, 2024


MMUA Training Center
1005 Michigan Ave
Marshall, MN 55301

Who should attend?

Cross Training is intended for the non-lineworker employee who may, at times, be called into service to work alongside a qualified lineworker (i.e., during an outage or other emergency). Regardless of the lay employee's role, it is crucial that they be sufficiently trained.

Cross Training provides fundamental "basic training." Participants can increase their knowledge of lineworker tools/equipment, broaden their understanding of electricity and hazards, and increase confidence in their ability to assist.

Our qualified instructor, Cody Raveling from MMUA, will incorporate safety and best practices into the hands-on training, which simulates commonly experienced situations. Additionally, we make every effort to ensure this program is applicable to a diverse group of participants, so that each leaves with a robust knowledge base.

Training to be covered

All topics are taught at a basic level, including:

  • Introduction to power line training
  • Personal and job safety
  • Basic electrical theory
  • Overhead and underground construction
  • Grounding, rope, rigging
  • Meters and meter safety
  • Distribution transformers and equipment
  • Troubleshooting (primary and secondary)
  • Basic chainsaw safety
  • Generator backfeed precautions
  • Bucket truck operation