Cross Training School

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Cross Training School

Cross Training School

Date: October 10-12, 2023
  • Day 1: Oct 10, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2: Oct 11, 2023 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 3: Oct 12, 2023 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." 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 instructors, Cody Raveling and Jay Reading 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 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


Tuesday, October 10
12:00-1:00  Registration/check in
1:00  Welcome & cover rules, Cody Raveling, MMUA
1:15-4:00  Hazard recognition

Wednesday, October 11
8:30-10:00  Safety in overhead and 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
1:00-2:30  Bucket truck operation
2:45-4:00  Elbows, terminations, splices

Thursday, October 12
8:30-10:00  Locate and isolate faults on URD lines
10:15-12:00  Loop and radial feeds

*Schedule subject to change without notice.

What to bring

This training takes place indoors and outdoors. Please come prepared with the appropriate clothing. footwear, and personal protective equipment including:

  • High visibility vest
  • Work boots
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses
  • Leather work gloves

Plus a 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:  $535 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 15.

Deadline to register is September 25.

Cancellations / refunds

Cancellations are subject to a $35 cancellation fee per person if received by 4:30 pm on September 5, 2023. No refunds issued after September 25.

Hotel / motel information

Marshall offers many hotel options, in addition to the hotels listed here. MMUA has arranged for discounted lodging at the AmericInn and EverSpring Inn. Please ask for MMUA’s reduced rate when making your reservation. We recommend making your hotel reservation as soon as possible, as availability cannot be guaranteed. 

1406 East Lyon Street
Marshall, MN

EverSpring Inn & Suites (formerly Ramada Inn)
1500 East College Drive
Marshall, MN

Sleep Inn & Suites
1300 Nwakama Street
Marshall, MN


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.