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Postponed - Generation School

Postponed - Generation School

Date: April 21-23, 2020
  • Day 1: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Day 2: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 3: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Hutchinson Event Center, 1005 Hwy. 15 South, Hutchinson, MN
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THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED following the State of Minnesota's strategies in response to COVID-19.

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. Plus we'll tour one of Hutchinson Utilities' generation plants and 3M's manufacturing plant in Hutchinson.

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 Event Center. See below for details.


Tuesday, April 21

Location: Hutchinson Event Center - 1005 Highway 15 South, Hutchinson

12:00-1:00  Registration
1:00-2:30  Basic System Maintenance—Timing of the engines, etc., Brian King, Fairbanks Morse Engine
2:30-4:00  Tours – Hutchinson Utilities' Plant 1 & 3M - Proper PPE required (see below)

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

5:00-7:00  Welcome Reception

Wednesday, April 22

8:30-4:00  Hands-On Training

NOTE: Participants need to select ONE of the following when registering. Participant is responsible for transportation to training 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
Instructor:  Rex Stormer, Exline, Inc.

Fairbanks Morse
Location: DELANO Power Plant, 11 Bridge Avenue West, Delano
Instructor: Brian King, 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 permits

Thursday, April 23

Location: Hutchinson Event Center - 1005 Highway 15 South, Hutchinson

8:30-9:30  Power Plant Arc Flash, Dale Narlock & Ronnie Lund, Thief River Falls Municipal Utilities
Just 2 days before Thanksgiving 2019 an arc flash occurred at the Thief River Falls Power Plant. The generator was operating and an arc flash occurred, lasting over 4 minutes. Dale and Ronnie will talk about the damage it caused to the generator and other equipment in the plant, as well as the importance of relay testing.

9:45-11:45  Loss Prevention, Bob Sewell, MMUA
Bob will cover recommendations for the basic operation, protection, inspection, maintenance & testing of various types of switchgear used in applications below 600V.

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

Schedule subject to change without notice.

Location Details

Hutchinson Event Center
1005 Hwy. 15 South
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

Member Rate: $465 per person
Non-member Rate: $690 per person
NOTE: Registration fee increases $50 on March 20, 2020.

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

Deadline to register is March 30, 2020.

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 1, 2020. Sorry, no refunds issued for cancellations after April 1.

Hotel Information

MMUA has negotiated reduced room rates starting at $108/night, not including tax. Please call the hotel directly to make reservation and ask for the "MMUA-Generation School" room block.

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

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 March 30 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.


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