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Major corporations donate equipment to the Wind Energy Technology Program

January 29, 2018

Wind Energy Technology students at Mesalands Community College (left to right) Michael Logro, Patrick Mendez, Dylan Carillo, and Daniel Edwords, utilize the DET24C Digital Earth Clamps, donated by Megger and Transcat corporations.

Megger, a manufacturer of portable electrical testing equipment and Transcat, a leader in the calibration and laboratory instrument and service market, joined forces to donate equipment to the Wind Energy Technology Program at Mesalands Community College. Mesalands received the DET24C Digital Earth Clamps worth about $1,800 each. This equipment will be used to enhance the hands-on training of future wind technicians in the program.

Since 2008, Mesalands Community College has received electrical testing equipment worth nearly $40,000 from Megger. This includes the DLRO200 micro-ohmmeter worth $9,000 that Megger donated to Mesalands last year.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of providing our students with hands-on experience with equipment that is actually used in the industry. Theory only goes so far; the application is what cements the learning process,” said Andy Swapp, Wind Energy Technology Faculty at Mesalands. “With help from Megger and the Transcat corporations, we are able to complete the learning process and send more confident wind technicians to the field.”

The DET24C represents a new generation of multi-ground clamp-on resistance testers. These instruments induce a test current into earth systems and measure ground resistance in multi ground installations without needing to disconnect the ground. They offer market leading access, advanced features, simple operation and CAT IV 600 V safety protection. In addition, the instruments can be used for the inspection and verification of lightning protection systems.

“Megger has a great interest in renewable energy and we are pleased to be integrally involved in the educational process,” said David S. Danner, Director of USA Distribution Sales for Megger. “It’s important for students to leave college with knowledge and experience with electrical test equipment.”