Cross Training School

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
1:00 PM (CDT)
to Thursday, August 8, 2024 at 12:00 PM (CDT)
* Registration open until 7/22/24 at 5:00 PM (CST)
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Category: Technical Schools and Workshops

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.

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 instructor, Cody Raveling 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.

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

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
  • Notebook and pen/pencil.

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

Cancellations are subject to a $50 cancellation fee per person if received by 5:00 pm on July 22, 2024. Refunds issued to a credit card will be subject to a 3% fee. No refunds issued after July 22.
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. 

Registration Options

Credits Price
Member registration (early bird)
Ticket includes tuition, materials, refreshment breaks, and lunch on Wednesday. Registration Ended 7/15/24 at 5:00 PM CST
13.00 (Contact Hours) $535.00
Member registration
Late registration fee has been waived.
Ticket includes tuition, materials, refreshment breaks, and lunch on Wednesday.
Registration Ends 7/22/24 at 5:00 PM CDT
13.00 (Contact Hours) $535.00


August 6
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Registration/check in
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Welcome and cover rules, Cody Raveling, MMUA
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM Hazard recognition
August 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Safety in overhead and underground lines
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM How electricity is made; how it works
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch served
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Bucket truck operation
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Elbows, terminations, splices
August 8
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Locate and isolate faults on URD lines
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM Loop and radial feeds
* Registration open until 7/22/24 at 5:00 PM (CST)
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Theresa Neddermeyer

Theresa Neddermeyer

Safety Services Coordinator, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

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