Introduction to Load Banking

Course Dates (choose one):

  • October 2023: 10/9 – 10/10
  • January 2024: 1/8 – 1/9

This is a 16 hour course spanning over two days, with 8 Hours per day. This class is taught in English and is limited to 10 students.  This is a hybrid classroom / lab experience with live hands-on equipment.

If you take your car to a mechanic for a vibration you feel at 70mph, you wouldn’t hand it over to the mechanic, have them look at it for 30 minutes, start it, drive it around the parking lot in first gear and give it back stating “I don’t seem to notice anything wrong,” right? Since most of the generators we service tend to be stationary, load banking is our “road test.” This class is designed for entry level technicians who wish to better understand and learn the load banking process used in testing generators. Load banking has great value for more than just compliance testing, such as diagnostics, preventative maintenance, equipment repair verification, and operational tuning of the generators governor and voltage regulation system when used properly.

Learning Outcomes:
After completion of this class, students will be able to:

  • Comfortably discuss, understand, and explain the load banking process.
  • Properly connect a load bank to a customer’s genset.
  • Perform load bank testing on live equipment
  • Learn how to employ load banks for more than just NFPA required intervals.
  • Secure an area needed during testing to ensure public safety.
  • Be able to fill out required documentation for the testing process, plus look at a variety of other parameters to locate issues before they become a problem.





This class is part of our “6 week apprenticeship 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 understanding of how to use a computer.
  • Basic understanding of how an engine works.
  • Basic understanding of how a generator works.

Course Tool and Safety Gear Requirements:

  • Steel toe or composite toe, electrical rated work boots.
  • ANSI 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:
$960.00 per student

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

Hotel Reservations are not included with registration and are the responsibility of the attendee/employer to arrange.  A list of nearby recommended accommodations can be found here.

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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