Register for 2013 Underground School

Registration is open for the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association’s (MMUA) 2013 Underground School. Scheduled to begin May 14 at the MMUA Training Center in Marshall, MN, the four-day event will feature classroom lectures and hands-on activities to help train and educate utility linemen and women of all experience levels, including apprentices and journeymen.

Event highlights:

Arc Flash/Accident Presentation & Program
-Mike Willetts of MMUA and Marv Athmann of Shakopee Public Utilities

The opening general session will focus on workplace electrical safety and the application of industry-based standards to effectively manage the electrical hazards of arc flash and shock. A few practices that will be discussed:
 – eliminating the hazard – reducing risk through engineering design – using safer work systems – implementing administrative controls, and more.

Hurricane Sandy Update & Presentation
-Mike Willetts of MMUA

Hands-On Training Sessions
URD System Maintenance and Repair

 – 600 Amp Riser Construction – Directional Boring with Conduit – Cable Identification & Proper Tagging

Advanced Training Session
Gary Roskos of Roskos Technical Services

Underground distribution design is complex, requiring proper system layout and design to ensure system reliability, operability and economic return on utility investments. Students will learn the proper long-term and strategic planning of electrical distribution systems.

In addition to training sessions, the underground school will feature a product show and reception and a fun evening of golf and sporting clay. The full agenda is available at

Participants should remember to bring a hard hat, safety glasses, work gloves, work boots (no tennis shoes), high visibility clothing and rain gear. Certificates of achievement will be awarded and students registered in an apprenticeship program may use hours accumulated at the school toward a portion of their program.

Cost is $440 per student for MMUA members and $490 per student for nonmembers. Member utilities sending three or more students may qualify for a discount. Call 763-746-0707 or email to register. The form may also be found below and sent to MMUA, 3025 Harbor Lane North, Suite 400, Plymouth, MN 55447. The deadline is April 29.

2013 Underground School Registration (PDF)

The underground school is organized by the MMUA Job Training & Safety Committee. MMUA partnered with Minnesota Rural Electric Association and American Public Power Association for the event.

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