Cross Training School

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Cross Training School

Cross Training School

Date: October 17-19, 2017
  • Day 1: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 3: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: MMUA Training Center, 1004 Michigan Road, Marshall, MN 56258
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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 from which to build upon. This information available in printable format also.

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 due to an outage or other emergency. Regardless of the lay employee's role, it is crucial that they be sufficiently trained.

MMUA's Cross Training School provides fundamental "basic training" for utility personnel. Through this practical training, participants can increase their knowledge of lineworker tools and equipment, increase their understanding of how electricity works and the hazards that exist, and gain increased confidence in their skills to assist.

Our qualified instructors, Cody Raveling and Mike Taylor of the MMUA safety staff, excel at incorporating safety and best practices into the hands-on instruction, which simulates commonly experienced situations. Additionally, we make every effort to ensure this program is applicable to the diverse group of participants.

What You Will Learn

All topics are taught at a basic level, including:

  • Introduction to Powerline Training
  • Personal and Job Safety
  • Basic Electrical Theory
  • Overhead & Underground Construction
  • Grounding, Rope, Rigging
  • Meters & Meter Safety
  • Distribution Transformers & Equipment
  • Troubleshooting (Primary & Secondary)
  • Basic Chainsaw Safety
  • Generator Backfeed Precautions
  • Bucket Truck Operation


Tuesday, October 17
12:00  Registration
1:00  Welcome & Cover Rules
1:15  Hazard Recognition

Wednesday, October 18
8:30  Safety in Overhead & Underground Lines
10:15  How Electricity is Made; How it Works
11:00  Transformers: How They work; Underground, Overhead Lines; Meters
12:00  Lunch Served at Training Center
1:00  Bucket Truck Operation
2:45  Elbows, Terminations, Splices

Thursday, October 19
8:30  Locate & Isolate Faults on Underground Lines
10:15  Loop & Radial Feeds
12:00  Closing Comments & Wrap Up

What to Bring

Each participant is required to bring personal protective equipment (PPE) and something to take notes with:

  • High Visibility Vest
  • Work Boots
  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Glasses
  • Leather Work Gloves
  • Notebook and Pen/Pencil


Participants earn hours for attendance and a certificate of achievement will be available online. Participants should watch for an email notification from MMUA.

Registration Fee

$440 per student for members; $690 per student for non-members. All fees increase $50 on September 19, 2017.

Fee includes: workshop tuition, materials, Wednesday lunch, refreshment breaks and a certificate of achievement.

Cancellations / Refunds

MMUA charges a $25 per person processing fee for registrations cancelled by September 29, 2017. MMUA must be notified by 4:30 pm on September 29 to qualify.

Hotel / Motel Information - Marshall, MN

For a map of hotels in Marshall, click HERE. The AmericInn and Ramada offer special pricing for participants. Just ask for MMUA's reduced rate when making your reservation.


By registering for this event I/we authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing materials (both electronic and print). I/we understand that I/we will not be paid for giving this consent. 


Contact Theresa Neddermeyer by email or phone 763.551.1230.

Thank You, Annual Sponsors

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Video Captures 2016 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo

We now have a 4-minute rodeo recap video of the 2016 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, live on the MMUA YouTube channel.  It features great footage and interviews with a number of key players in the event.  The April 2 event was hosted by Shakopee Public Utilities and MMUA, and brought together lineworkers from across the country. Watch this video and enjoy reliving that amazing day.  Be sure to bundle up before you click!