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Generation School

Generation School

Date: April 23-25, 2019
  • 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: Hutchinson, MN
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Generation School offers participants valuable classroom and hands-on instruction plus networking opportunities for generator operators and technicians. Whether a seasoned operator or just starting out in the field, all can benefit.

This year we will offer in-plant, hands-on instruction on three different engine sets: Enterprise, Cooper and Fairbanks Morse.

When registering, please indicate preference for hands-on instruction—which will take place at the DELANO Power Plant (Fairbanks Morse Engine) and at the GLENCOE Power Plant (Cooper & Enterprise).

NOTE: Generation School takes place at multiple locations, beginning at the Hutchinson Fire Department. See below for details.


Tuesday, April 23

Location: Hutchinson Fire Department - 205 3rd Avenue SE, Hutchinson

12:00-1:00  Registration
1:00-2:00  Basic System Maintenance—Cooling, Fuel, Lube, etc., Jeff Crampton, Fairbanks Morse Engine
2:00-5:00  Tour – AVANT Energy's Shakopee Energy Park - Proper PPE required (see below)

Location: Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, 416 Prospect Street NE, Hutchinson

5:30-7:30  Welcome Reception, Sponsored by Ziegler Power Systems

Wednesday, April 24

8:30-4:00  Hands-On Training

NOTE: Participants need to select ONE of the following when registering. Participant is responsible for transportation to location.

Location: GLENCOE Power Plant, 305 11th Street East, Glencoe
Instructor:  Steve Payne, Industrial Diesel Service

Location: GLENCOE Power Plant, 305 11th Street East, Glencoe
Instructors:  Lester Wheeler and Rex Stormer, Exline, Inc.

Fairbanks Morse
Location: DELANO Power Plant, 11 Bridge Avenue West, Delano
Instructor: Jeff Crampton, Fairbanks Morse Engine

Hands-on instruction 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 25

Location: Hutchinson Fire Department - 205 3rd Avenue SE, Hutchinson

8:30-9:30  Fire at the Power Plant—Now What? Paul Twite, Delano Municipal Utilities and Tom Ewert, MMUA
On July 10, 2018, a fire broke out in the ceiling of the generation plant. That day, Delano Municipal Utilities employees showed up to work like every other day. The day went on as planned—until everything changed.

In this presentation, we will cover the events and timeline. We'll talk about some of the things we knew needed to be done and some things we learned as the process unfolded.

9:45-11:45  Recloser Testing, Tony Kassa, STAR Energy Services LLC

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

Schedule subject to change without notice.

Location Details

Hutchinson Fire Department
205 3rd Avenue SE
Hutchinson, Minnesota
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Delano Power Plant
11 Bridge Avenue West
Delano, Minnesota
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Glencoe Power Plant
305 11th Street East
Glencoe, Minnesota
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What to Bring

PPE required for tours and hands-on training in the plants. NOTE: Ear plugs will be provided.

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

Registration Fee

Members: $465 per student
Non-members: $690 per student
All fees increase $50 on March 25, 2019.

Fee includes: workshop tuition, materials, refreshment breaks, bus transportation for tour on Tuesday, lunch on Wednesday and a certificate of attendance. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging.

Deadline to register is April 4, 2019.

Cancellation Policy

MMUA will issue a refund (less $30 per person) for cancellation of an advance registration, provided MMUA is notified by 4:30 pm on April 5, 2019. Sorry, no refunds issued for cancellations after April 5.

Hotel Information

MMUA has negotiated a reduced rate at Hutchinson's new Cobblestone Hotel & Suites for $105.40/night plus tax.

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites
416 Prospect Street NE
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Phone: 320-587-7777

Please call hotel directly to make reservation and ask for the "MMUA-Generation School" room block.

Note: Because availability is limited and the reduced rate cannot be guaranteed, we suggest you make your reservation as early as possible! MMUA's hotel block closes on April 4 or when sold out.


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


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.


If you have questions, contact Theresa Neddermeyer at or phone 763-551-1230.

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


Thank You, Annual Sponsors

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