Students at Columbia Gorge Community College in Dalles, Oregon, will now be able to gain hands-on experience of testing wind turbine systems, thanks to test equipment supplied to the college by Megger.

In line with Megger’s commitment to promoting the education of engineers and to advancing the adoption of renewable energy sources, the company has provided the college with DCM340 clampmeters, insulation resistance and continuity testers, DLRO10HD Dual power 10 A low resistance ohmmeter, 1000-809 lead set, DET4TCR2 4-Terminal earth/ground resistance testers & soil resistivity tester with an accessory kit and 50 copies of Megger’s “Stitch In Time,” “ Getting Down To Earth,” and “ Testing at Greater then 1kV” publications. The donations are made in partnership with Transcat (Wind Energy Division). Transcat is one of Megger's largest distributers, located in Rochester, New York.

The instruments will be presented at the ribbon cutting of the new renewable energy lab on the Columbia Gorge campus. They will be used to train students enrolled in a new Renewable Energy Training (RET) program at the school.

“The test equipment from Megger is a really valuable resource for us,” said Susan J. Wolff, chief academic officer for Columbia Gorge. “With it, our students will be able to gain valuable testing experience that will be extremely useful to them in their employment after they have graduated. We are very grateful to Megger for its support, which is helping us to give our students the best possible training.”

“Training for the upcoming generation of engineers is very important to us,” said Megger’s David Danner, “and, in particular we like to ensure that students gain practical hands-on experience of testing. We believe that the best way to do this is to arrange for them to train using the same instruments that they will be using after they graduate. We are, therefore, delighted to be able to provide Columbia Gorge Community College with this selection of Megger test equipment.”

Megger’s support for Columbia Gorge Community College is just one aspect of the company’s ongoing commitment to education. Megger is working with many other community colleges throughout the USA, and even has its own training subsidiary – The AVO Institute – where it helps to provide professionals within the electrical industry with skills that cover every facet of electrical testing.