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Generation School

Generation School

Date: April 10-12, 2018
  • Day 1: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Day 2: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 3: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Owatonna Public Utilities - Morehouse Meeting Room, 208 South Walnut Avenue, Owatonna, MN 55060
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Generation School offers hands-on training and networking opportunities for generator operators and technicians. Whether a seasoned operator or just starting out in the field, all can benefit.

At the School, participants can engage in a wide variety of hands-on activities—from basic operation to technical maintenance.

When registering, please indicate preference for hands-on training, which will take place at the Blooming Prairie Power Plant (Fairbanks Morse Engine) and at the New Prague Power Plant (Cooper).

NOTE: Generation School takes place at multiple locations, beginning at Owatonna Public Utilities.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, April 10

Location:  Owatonna Public Utilities - Morehouse Meeting Room

12:00-1:00  Registration
1:00-2:00  Basic System Maintenance—Cooling, Fuel, Lube, etc., Jeff Crampton & Kyle McLenachen, Fairbanks Morse Engine
2:15-4:00  Tour – MMPA Faribault Energy Park (bussing provided for tour only) - Proper PPE required (see below)

Location:  Holiday Inn & Suites, Owatonna

5:00-7:00  Welcome Reception

Wednesday, April 11

8:30-4:00  Hands-On Training

When registering, please select one of the following hands-on training options.  Please note location. Transportation is the responsibility of participant.

Instructor: Steve Payne, Industrial Diesel Service
Location:  New Prague Power Plant

Fairbanks Morse
Instructors: Jeff Crampton and Kyle McLenachen, Fairbanks Morse Engine
Location: Blooming Prairie Power Plant

Hands-on training at the plants may include such topics as:

  • Basic System Maintenance
  • Setting Up CB Fuel Doors
  • Combustion Tuning and Balancing
  • Pull Cards
  • Operation Scenarios (i.e., Black Start)
  • Web Deflections and Alignment
  • Additional activities as time allows

Thursday, April 12

Location:  Owatonna Public Utilities - Morehouse Meeting Room

8:30-9:30  Breaker Maintenance and Relay TestingMatt Schwartz and Dave Wood, Ziegler Power Systems

9:45-11:45  Fundamentals of Generation Equipment and Control Systems, Charlie Blecke and Jamie Sieren, Power System Engineering, Inc.

11:45-12:00  Discussion Recap—What are the take-aways?, Bob Sewell, MMUA

Location Details

Owatonna Public Utilities - Morehouse Meeting Room
208 Walnut Avenue South
Owatonna, Minnesota
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New Prague Power Plant
300 East Main Street
New Prague, Minnesota
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Blooming Prairie Power Plant
146 3rd Avenue SE
Blooming Prairie, Minnesota
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What to Bring

PPE required for tours and hands-on training in the plants.

  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Glasses
  • Safety Footwear
  • Appropriate High-visibility Work Clothing
  • Notebook and Pen/Pencil


Participants will receive a certificate of achievement. Watch for an email notification from MMUA after the event.

Registration Fee

$465 per student for members; $690 per student for non-members. All fees increase $50 on March 12, 2018.

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

Please note: Transportation during this school is the responsibility of the registrant. Program/schedule subject to change without notice.


MMUA will issue a refund on advance registrations (minus $30 processing fee per registration) provided MMUA is notified of the cancellation by 4:30 pm on March 23, 2018. No refunds after March 23.

Hotel Information

MMUA has negotiated a reduced rate at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Owatonna for $109.99/night plus tax.

Holiday Inn & Suites
2365 43rd Street NW
Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone: 507.446.8900

Please call hotel directly to make reservation. Be sure to ask for the "MUA" rate when making your reservation. (This is not a typo—Holiday Inn's system only allows 3 letters.)

Availability is limited – reduced rate not guaranteed. Hotel reservation block closes on March 23, 2018.


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 at or call 763.551.1230.

A printable version of the Generation School brochure is also available.


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