Thanks to a new donation from Megger, a manufacturer of portable electrical testing equipment, students at Mesalands Community College’s Wind Energy Technology Program will have another opportunity to use industry equipment and gain real-world training experience.
Based in Tucumcari, N.M., Mesalands recently received an oil test set worth $9,000 from Megger, whose automatic oil test sets assess mineral, ester and silicon insulating liquids for breakdown up to 60 kV. This equipment is essential to ensuring the reliable operation of oil-filled electrical equipment by monitoring and maintaining the quality of the oil.
“Megger is happy to help. Megger has had a strong relationship with Mesalands for years, and I am positive they will put the Megger equipment to good use,” says David S. Danner, director of U.S. distribution sales for Megger.
Andy Swapp, Wind Energy Technology faculty at Mesalands, says the new equipment will enhance students’ hands-on experience in the operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of wind turbines, including the use of the college’s 1.5 MW wind turbine.
Megger has been providing wind energy students at Mesalands with electrical testing equipment since 2008.
“The college is very pleased with the high level of support from business and industry that we receive for our academic programs,” says Dr. Thomas W. Newsom, president of Mesalands Community College. “This gift will allow us to continue to train wind professionals for the future.”