Over $9,000 worth of electrical testing equipment was donated to Mesalands Community College. The equipment donation was made to the College’s North American Wind Research and Training Center by Megger, a Dallas, Texas-based manufacturer of electrical test and measuring equipment.
“This is a great addition for the College’s North American Wind Research and Training Center,” said Tracy Rascoe, director and instructor at the college’s Wind Energy Technology Program.
“We are pleased that Megger is enthusiastic about providing our students with such high quality electrical equipment.”
Included in the set of tools is an Earth/Ground Tester and kit, two insulation resistance and continuity testers, two digital clamp meters (used to measure volts and ohms), a blade repair lead set (used to verify the lightening protection system within a turbine blade), and 100 study guides on insulation testing and measuring ground resistance.
“The support we want to offer college students is really important to the industry,” said Megger representative David Danner. “We want to encourage people to consider the electrical test and maintenance industry, specifically as it relates to renewable energy.”
These are tools that the students will be able to use in the classroom and in their training, said John Yearout, MCC’s public relations director.
“Because we are a not-for-profit institution, donations of this type are extremely valuable to us and are received with much appreciation,” said Rascoe.
These are the same tools that the graduating students will use in their field of work, Yearout said.
“The college was in need of these tools, since they were donated, this will allow us to use that part of the funding towards additional equipment and tools,” Yearout said.
Yearout said that having the tools available for the students to utilize, reinforces the programs “hands-on” design.