Generator Controls 101

Course Description

This is a hybrid classroom / lab experience with live hands-on equipment.

The focus on this class will be controller identification and basic operation. There are hundreds of different style generator control systems used across the U.S, and being able to identify what controller is in use will ensure access to proper manuals and correct diagnostics. This also ensures an entry level tech can identify a control system when calling another technician for help. Please note that this is an entry level class – We will not be discussing controller retrofits / upgrades during this class.

  • This is a 2-day, 16-hour course 
  • Taught in English
  • Limited to 10 students


Schedule Details

2023 Course Sessions Available 

  • September 18 – 19, 2023
  • December 18 – 19, 2023

Choose one date range. Registration link is at the bottom of the page.

Generator Controls 101

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify a wide variety of the most commonly used genset controllers in the U.S. and some used overseas.
  • Understand basic operational theory.
  • Differentiate older mechanical control systems VS newer PLC and fully electronic controls.
  • Cover the control system responsibilities required for home standby and NFPA110 commercial / industrial machines.
generator controls 101
generator controls 101
generator controls 101
Student Minimum Qualifications to Attend

This class is part of our “6 week entry level / beginner / apprentice program” and is intended for students that are new to the industry with very limited experience. This is designed to get your feet off the ground and safely start servicing this equipment.

  • Basic understanding of how to use a digital multi-meter (DVOM)
  • Basic generator understanding (operation, start / stop, residential VS commercial etc.)
  • Basic understanding of engine operation
  • Basic understanding of generator alternator operation.
Minimum Required Equipment & Safety Gear
  • Steel toe or composite toe, electrical rated work boots
  • ANSI Z87.1 approved safety glasses
  • ANSI approved cut resistant gloves 
  • Appropriate work attire for a shop environment
  • Appropriate hearing protection for operation of generators indoors
  • Notebook and pen / pencil or laptop for notetaking (Laptops are preferred)
Registration Fees

$960 per student (a la carte)

Call for Details: Discounted Rate available if student registers for all 10 modules / 6 week beginner program, 603-363-4842.

All registration fees are to be paid in full prior to the first day of class.

Please send checks payable to Mongoose Power Solutions c/o OPA! to PO Box 13, Spofford, NH 03462

Travel and Accommodations

Hotel Reservations are not included with registration and are the responsibility of the attendee/employer to arrange.

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Jamie Claudeo

Course Instructor & Director of Education, On Site Power Academy

Jamie Claudeo Jr. started turning wrenches under his fathers watchful eye when he was just 10 years old climbing in and out of large commercial boilers.  By end of high school he was attending vocational school for electrical trades and before graduating succeeded in taking first place at the state level SkillsUSA competition.  Having a love for engines and machinery, he eventually moved into working on large trucks for Peterbilt after attending Universal Technical Institute in Pennsylvania and Arizona.  After Hurricane Sandy decimated the northeast in 2012 he eventually made his way into Power generation, working for a small company out of NJ.  His strong understanding of both electrical and engines allowed him to move up quickly – taking on large projects, and hard to troubleshoot problems across several states until eventually choosing to start his own business in 2022.

During his free time, Jamie enjoys traveling the world, dark beer, hiking, rock climbing, running and tinkering with old machinery.  On more quiet relaxed evenings you can find him curled up on a giant bean bag chair enjoying a good video game.

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