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Generation School

Generation School

Date: July 14-16, 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: Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, 416 Street NE, 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. Plus we'll tour one of Hutchinson Utilities' generation plant.

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. See below for details.


Tuesday, July 14

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

12:00-1:00  Registration
1:00-2:30  Basic System Maintenance—Timing of the engines, etc., Jeff Crampton, Fairbanks Morse Engine
2:30-4:00  Tour – Hutchinson Utilities' Plant 1 - Proper PPE required (see below)
5:00-7:00  Welcome Reception

Wednesday, July 15

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: 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 permits

Thursday, July 16

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

8:30-9:30  Update on Current Federal Issues With RICE Units, Bob Jagusch, MMUA

9:45-11:45  Loss Prevention, Mike Willetts, 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?, Mike Willetts, MMUA

Schedule subject to change without notice.

Location Details

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites
416 Prospect Street NE
Hutchinson, Minnesota

Delano Power Plant
11 Bridge Avenue West
Delano, Minnesota
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Glencoe Power Plant
305 11th Street East
Glencoe, Minnesota
Click HERE for Map

What to Bring

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

  • Face Covering/Facemask (per COVID-19 protocol)
  • 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 June 13, 2020.

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

Deadline to register is June 19, 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 June 19, 2020. Sorry, no refunds issued for cancellations after June 19.

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 June 12 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. (NOTE: Brochure does NOT have updated dates or location for classroom instruction.)


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