Cross Training

Crucial knowledge for the non-lineworker

The very nature of public power requires an ability to respond 24-7 and 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. This information is available in printable format as well.

Who Should Attend

Cross Training is intended for the non-lineworker employee who may, at times, be called into service to work alongside a qualified lineworker after hours, during an outage or in other emergency situations. Regardless of the lay employee's role, it is crucial that they be sufficiently trained.

MMUA's Cross Training program excels at providing comprehensive training on what to do and what not to do—the "basics." Through this practical training, participants gain an understanding of how electricity works, the tools and equipment used, and how to work safely.

Throughout the program, our qualified instructors, Cody Raveling and Art Gatchell of the MMUA safety staff, incorporate safety and best practices in commonly experienced situations. Additionally, we make every effort to ensure this program is applicable to the diverse group of participants.

Topics Covered

All topics are taught at a basic level. They include:

  • Introduction to Powerline Training
  • Personal and Job Safety
  • Basic Electrical Theory
  • Overhead & Underground Construction
  • Grounding, Rope, Rigging
  • Meters & Meter Safety
  • Distribution Transformers & Equipment
  • Trouble Shooting (Primary & Secondary)
  • Basic Chainsaw Safety
  • Generator Backfeed Precautions
  • Bucket Truck Operation

For more on this school, go to the 2016 Cross Training School page.

 

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Video Captures 2016 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo

We now have a 4-minute rodeo recap video of the 2016 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, live on the MMUA YouTube channel.  It features great footage and interviews with a number of key players in the event.  The April 2 event was hosted by Shakopee Public Utilities and MMUA, and brought together lineworkers from across the country. Watch this video and enjoy reliving that amazing day.  Be sure to bundle up before you click!