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Waynesville & Hannibal host Spring Tech training

Wednesday, March 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Gearing up for industry changes, regulations, and new technologies, front-line tech workers gathered on March 13 and 14 for Spring Tech 2019. This training for municipal electric, water and wastewater utilities was held this year in Waynesville and Hannibal.  


Every spring since 2007, MPUA’s has offered the technical sessions for municipal utility workers throughout the Alliance. The training for front line workers helps make their daily work more productive and keep them in touch with the latest industry trends. This training is for utility employees who design, operate, and maintain the systems. 


Spring Tech attracted a solid group of participants this year, totaling 73 workers from member utilities and associate members, plus MPUA staff and presenters. Utility workers represented 20 different cities. The electric sessions were attended by 52 class members, and 21 participants joined the water/wastewater presentations. The March 13 day of sessions in Waynesville welcomed 32 participants from 10 cities, all from staff of municipal electric systems. The March 14 training day in Hannibal was joined by 41 participants from 11 municipalities and other utilities (20 electric and 21 water/wastewater staff). Overall attendance was good, even though the set of wastewater sessions scheduled for Waynesville had to be canceled due to insufficient registrations to hold the classes there. 

Electric distribution employees attending this year’s electric sessions looked into a wide variety of subjects, including: Use of drones (Rob Erdelen & Mark Finney, Honeywell Aerospace); Arc flash safety (Daniel Bauerkemper, Lutz, Daily & Brain); Electric vehicle developments (Larry Kinder, LilyPad EV); Ultrasonic pole testing (Wayne Hall, Utility Asset Management); and Connector theory & selection (Jay Breitenbach, Burndy).


Those attending the water and wastewater session track had sessions and discussions about:  Smart wastewater networks (Brandon Freeman, TREKK Design); State compliance assistance and enforcement (Kristi Savage-Clarke & Logan Cole, Missouri DNR); Stormwater pollution prevention programs (Rob Morrison, Barr Engineering); and NPDES permitting issues (Nick Muenks, Geosyntec).


A general session from Missouri One Call on utility locates was also provided for those both the electric and water/wastewater tracks (Bill Murray, Missouri One Call System Inc.)


Spring Tech offers utility workers continued education credits The instruction ‘track’ for water and wastewater includes valuable certification hour credits to help meet state requirements. Water treatment and distribution employees received three hours of credits and wastewater treatment operators three and a half hours.  This year’s electric sessions also offered four and a half hours of professional development credits  for professional engineers (P.E.).


Spring Tech 2019 was sponsored in part by Honeywell and Lutz, Daily & Brain .


If you have ideas for a session subject or a speaker for a future Spring Tech session, or questions about other MPUA training opportunities, please let MPUA know by calling 573-445-3279, or by emailing us at



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