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Fall Broadband Meeting - October 10th

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The 6th annual Fall Broadband Meeting provides an update on key broadband topics and a chance to “compare notes” with your peers. This year we’re at a new venue, Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. Also new for 2019, IAMU Associate Member Vendors can purchase a sponsorship that includes a 6’ tabletop exhibit.

Cost is just $35.00 per person.  Register online here.

Questions?  Contact Curtis Dean at (515) 650-0251 or

Tags:  Broadband  Broadband Meeting 

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IAMU Mobile Crane Operator Certification Classes - 2019 Dates

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Safety Services department will be holding mobile crane certification and examination classes for digger derrick, service truck, and mobile crane operators.  OSHA’s updated crane standard REQUIRES that operators of lifting equipment be trained, evaluated and tested in order to obtain certification.

Background Information:

Although the new standard, 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, specifically exempts the digger derrick and the operator from meeting the requirements of the standard, the exemption applies only when it is used for work within the provisions of the power generation, transmission and distribution standards, or for construction work within the telecommunications standard.  The exemption does not apply if the digger derrick is used for lifting materials or to operate in working environments outside the scope of the standard because the equipment is essentially being used as a mobile crane.  For example, unloading materials from a truck, lifting a motor from a pump house to assist your water department, or providing assistance to any other city department will mean that the exemption no longer applies.  When equipment is used as a mobile crane, all provisions of the standard apply, including the operator certification rule.  OSHA also now requires that an operator be certified in specific areas when they operate equipment outfitted with a boom and winch and able to lift at least 2,000 pounds.  This includes service trucks in your public works, or water departments.

The new standard has very specific operator requirements, one being to obtain operator certification from an independent testing organization accredited by a nationally recognized organization.  OSHA’s updated crane standard, 1926.1427 in Subpart CC, requires that for a testing organization to be considered accredited to certify operators, it must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency based on that agency’s determination that industry recognized criteria for written testing materials, practical examinations, test administration, grading, facilities/equipment and personnel have been met.  IAMU is an Accredited Assessment Center through the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER).  We are authorized to conduct both hands-on assessments and practical examinations which are part of our Mobile Crane Operator Certification Program.  Additionally, we are offering Qualified Hand Signal Person and Qualified Rigger programs (available at a future date).

Who Should Attend:

Digger derrick and service truck crane operators who do not currently hold a mobile crane operator’s certification.

What Do These Classes and Certification Consist Of:

Classes will be a week long, requiring classroom instruction, an on-line exam that has a 80% pass requirement, a practical exam for certification of mobile crane, and then finally a short class and practical exam for the signalperson and rigging qualifications. Students who pass the written and practical exams receive nationally recognized certification from the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER).

Where Do These Classes Take Place:

IAMU Training and Office Complex
1735 NE 70th Avenue
Ankeny, IA  50021

When Will Classes Be Held:

Dates have been scheduled for 2019 at the IAMU complex (unless otherwise noted).  Please click HERE or visit the IAMU website for available dates.

October 7-11

December 9-13


Mobile Crane Operator Certification/Examination Class Schedule:


Class Day




9:00 to 4:30 p.m.


 Tuesday  8:00 to 4:30 p.m. Classroom


8:00 to 4:30 p.m.



8:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Practical Exams

Friday (if needed)

8:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Retake Exams


Examination retakes are $100 and may be taken during any scheduled exam date.

Additional Notes:

  • Registration for all dates is open
  • There is a maximum of 12 participants per class session.
  • Lunch will be provided Monday through Thursday.
  • All participants will attend classroom days. Exams will take place on the Thursday of each class session. Depending on the number of participants, Wednesday evening and Friday may also be used for exams.
  • Each participant will need to create an account with NCCER before class; step-by-step instructions are included with the study guide.  Please bring your account number with you to class.

For additional information about the classes and online registration for each event, click HERE.

Cancellation Policy:

IAMU will issue a full refund for a registration cancellation up to 30 days prior to class date.  Cancellations within 30 days of class date will result in a refund less a $50 cancellation charge per registration.

If unable to attend, IAMU will allow a registration to be transferred within the same organization for the registered class date at no additional charge.


If you have any questions in regards to the classes, or requirements, please contact:

Margret Meade, IAMU Safety Specialist (
Phone:  (800) 810-4268

Tags:  Mobile Crane  NCCER 

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IAMU Energy Conference Awards Notice: 2019 IAMU Customer Recognition Awards

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Do you have a customer who has recently completed a significant energy efficiency or renewable energy project that you would like to nominate for an award? IAMU will recognize these customers for their efforts in conjunction with the IAMU Energy Conference to be held October 23-24, 2019. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize and publicize a valued customer in your community. Up to five awards will be provided.

The awards will be announced at the Energy Conference, but you will give the award to your customer back home in your community. IAMU will also publicize the awards in the Informer and notify APPA, APGA, and AWWA. There is NO cost to your utility for these awards.

To submit a customer for award recognition, please send in your nomination to Jeremy Caron ( or FAX (515) 289-2499 the following information:

  1. Name of utility and contact person, with email and phone number.
  2. Name of Customer.
  3. Brief description of customer’s project that explains the significance of the project and the savings that they were able to achieve.
  4. JPEG or PNG of customer and utility logos.

Please return your nomination no later then Friday, September 27. If you have any questions, please email Jeremy Caron ( or call him at 515 289-1999.

Tags:  Awards  Energy  Energy Conference  Energy Efficiency 

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Water Members: Salary Survey Results Now Available

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

IAMU has finalized the results of the salary survey that was sent out a few months ago.

Members may access the report by going to: You may also locate the survey report under the Resources tab on the IAMU website (

If you are not currently logged in to the IAMU website, you must first do so before you will be able to access the report or see the report listed at the bottom of the Resources tab.

IAMU often gets requests for salary information, so we developed a short survey to collect basic starting salary information for water and wastewater system employees (electric and gas ones were done earlier this year). Although no two systems are the same and there are many other benefits to consider, the survey numbers will give members a starting point when evaluating their wages.

Tags:  Salary Survey  Water 

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Head of IAMU Associate Member Simpleray Earns ’40 Under 40’ Award from Midwest Energy News

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

On Sept. 6, Midwest Energy News named Simpleray’s Tyler Anderson as a recipient of its prestigious 40 Under 40 award. Each year, Midwest Energy News recognizes Midwest-based leaders and innovators from all sectors for their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. 

More than 200 individuals were nominated for the 40 awards. Anderson’s selection was based on his pioneering efforts to bring solar to underserved markets, including farmers and rural businesses. 

Anderson founded Simpleray, a solar development and EPC firm based in Fairfield, Iowa. Simpleray got its start in Iowa under the name Iowa Wind and Solar and quickly grew to one of the largest solar installers in the state. From there, the firm expanded its presence throughout the Midwest.

Tags:  Simpleray 

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