Overhead School

Tuesday, September 10, 2024
1:00 PM (CDT)
to Friday, September 13, 2024 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA), along with our partners Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) and American Public Power Association (APPA), are pleased to offer the Overhead School.

One of MMUA’s most popular technical training offerings, Overhead School is an ideal opportunity to interact with fellow lineworkers from across the state, refresh on the best safety practices, and sharpen your skills to deliver the best value for your community.

The 2024 Overhead School will be held September 10–13. To learn more about the 2024 program, click the image to the right to download the brochure.

NOTE: Members of MREA need to register on their site directly.

The Minnesota Lineworkers Rodeo will take place on Tuesday, September 10 (just ahead of the Overhead School). Registration is free to members of MMUA, and any lineworker can participate—you don't have to be from Minnesota!

Events include:

  • Hurtman rescue
  • Rope toss
  • Single phase equipotential grounding

Trophies/plaques will be awarded for top three finishers in each event and each category. Plus we will award an overall trophy in the Apprentice and Journeyman categories.

Separate registration is required. Click here to visit the Rodeo event page.

Hands on training sessions

Lineworkers of all experience levels can further develop their skills by working through a variety of activities. Participants at this year's Overhead School will rotate through the following four hands on training sessions:

Session 1: Wire stringing

Participants will learn the techniques involved in stringing overhead wire. This session will be conducted on a double circuit construction. Awareness of the hazards involved and how to properly control those hazards is essential to completing the task safely. Proper procedures will be discussed and followed throughout the session.

Session 2: Troubleshooting and system maintenance

In this session, participants will practice several different troubleshooting techniques, while utilizing proper protective cover-up. Instructors will emphasize becoming proficient at system maintenance while adhering to safe work practices. Participants will be challenged to solve and work through various scenarios such as broken jumpers, delta-bank back feed, tracking insulators, cracked/broken cutouts, and more.

Session 3: 3-Phase transformer bank troubleshooting

Assessing 3-phase transformer bank issues can be challenging and often confusing. In this session, participants will go through different scenarios to increase troubleshooting skills. Proper testing and hookup for the bank (both internal and external wiring) will be taught. Safety protocol for replacement of transformers and returning them to service will be covered, along with important things to be looking out for in the field.

Session 4: Dead-end arm changeout

This session will involve changing out a simulated energized three phase dead-end arm. Participants will get a good understanding of the different techniques that can be utilized to do this work safely. This session will be catered to meet each individual’s level of experience to ensure participants can increase their knowledge and skill at this important task.

General sessions

The general sessions are held on the first and last day of the Overhead School. Participants must attend these sessions to receive full credit for course hours.

Fault circuit indicators: using them, best practices, and their differences

This session offers an overview of faulted circuit indicators (FCIs)—their use, best practices, and the differences among various types. With a mix of technical detail and practical guidance, this session will explore:

  • The role and importance of FCIs in electrical distribution systems
  • A comparison of FCI types, focusing on both technical and practical differences
  • Best practices for using FCIs to improve system reliability and efficiency
  • High-visibility clothing/outerwear—appropriate for the weather
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Rubber gloves
  • Work boots
  • Harness
  • Fall restraint (if you plan to climb). Required regardless of experience.

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. 

AmericInn by Wyndham
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

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)
Registration fee includes workshop tuition, materials, Tuesday evening reception, Wednesday and Thursday lunch, and refreshment breaks. Registration Ends 8/2/24 at 12:00 AM CDT
19.50 $535.00
Member registration
Registration fee includes workshop tuition, materials, Tuesday evening reception, Wednesday and Thursday lunch, and refreshment breaks. Registration Ends 8/12/24 at 5:00 PM CDT
19.50 $585.00


September 10
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Registration/check in
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM General session
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Reception and Rodeo awards presentation
September 11
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Hands-on instruction
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Lunch (provided)
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM Hands-on instruction
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Archery, Golf, or Sporting Clay Shoot
These optional evening activities are at the participant's expense. Sign up forms will be available during the school.
September 12
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Hands-on instruction
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Lunch (provided)
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM Hands-on instruction
September 13
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM General session
12:00 PM - 12:00 PM Closing comments and wrap-up

For More Information:

Theresa Neddermeyer

Theresa Neddermeyer

Safety Services Coordinator, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

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