Cross Training School

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Cross Training School

Cross Training School

Date: October 12-14, 2021
  • Day 1: Oct 12, 2021 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2: Oct 13, 2021 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 3: Oct 14, 2021 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.

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" for utility personnel. Participants can increase their knowledge of lineworker tools/equipment, broaden their understanding of electricity and the 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 the diverse group of participants, so that each leaves with a solid foundation to build upon.

Training To Be Covered

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 12
12:00-1:00  Registration
1:00  Welcome & Cover Rules, Cody Raveling, MMUA
1:15-4:00  Hazard Recognition

Wednesday, October 13
8:30-10:00  Safety in Overhead & Underground Lines
10:15-11:00  How Electricity is Made; How it Works
11:00-12:00  Transformers: How They Work; Underground, Overhead Lines; Meters
12:00  Lunch Served at Training Center
1:00-2:30  Bucket Truck Operation
2:45-4:00  Elbows, Terminations, Splices

Thursday, October 14
8:30-10:00  Locate & Isolate Faults on URD Lines
10:15-12:00  Loop & Radial Feeds

*Schedule subject to change without notice.

What to Bring

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

  • Facemask/Face Covering (if not fully vaccinated for COVID-19)
  • High Visibility Vest
  • Work Boots
  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Glasses
  • Leather Work Gloves
  • Notebook and Pen/Pencil

Certificate of Achievement

Attendees earn a certificate of achievement for their participation. Watch for an email notification from MMUA with the certificate, upon completion of the course.

Registration Fee

Members:  $465 per person
Non-Members:  $690 per person

Registration fee includes workshop tuition, materials, Wednesday lunch, refreshment breaks and a certificate of achievement.

Please Note:
Registration fees increase $50 on September 14.

Deadline to register is September 24.

Cancellations / Refunds

MMUA charges a $30 per person processing fee for registrations cancelled by September 14, 2021. MMUA must be notified by 4:30 pm on September 14 to qualify. Sorry, no refunds after September 14.

Hotel / Motel Information — Marshall, MN

For a map of hotels in Marshall, click HERE. The AmericInn and EverSpring Inn (formerly 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 calling 763.551.1230 or email

A printable version of the Cross Training School brochure is also available.


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