Circuit breaker testing, transformer testing: New OMICRON Academy in Houston

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Utility testing: OMICRON has opened its new state-of-the-art Training Center in Houston as part of its on-going effort to improve the quality of its service and training to customers in North and Latin America. This hands-on training facility--indoors and fully air conditioned--is just minutes away from downtown Houston and area airports.

Noting the facility’s versatility for accommodating different training scenarios, and for having everything indoors, Will Knapek, OMICRON Academy Training Manager said, “We can train on circuit breaker testing and transformer testing, 24-7, rain or shine. No need to cancel class due to weather.”

OMICRON Academy Highlights
The facility in Houston offers these key features:
• 10 MVA power transformer to perform all typical electrical power transformer tests as well as advanced diagnostics
• 69 kV SF6 circuit breaker and a 15 kV vacuum breaker for circuit breaker testing
• Partial Discharge (PD) testing area
• Hands-on Protective Relay Lab for up to 16 people
• Training area for distribution automation including apparatus from various

Get Energized
Built around real testing situations, courses are tailored for technicians and engineers from electrical utilities, industrial plants, equipment manufacturers and service companies. Attendees include technicians and engineers in the fields of design and commissioning, sub-station maintenance, asset management, protection, and metering. “This facility offers a lot of training possibilities,” said instructor Jill Duplessis, “but what really makes OMICRON Academy so special is the energy here. You will definitely learn in this environment and have a lot of fun in the process.”

Best of both worlds
Students can immerse themselves in a real-world learning environment that emphasizes both theory and hands-on training while earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs). For a list of courses, and registration, visit

Company profile
OMICRON is an international company serving the electrical power industry with innovative testing and diagnostic solutions. The application of OMICRON products allows users to assess the condition of the primary and secondary equipment on their systems with complete confidence. Services offered in the area of consulting, commissioning, testing, diagnosis and training make the product range complete.

Customers in more than 140 countries rely on the company’s ability to supply leading edge technology of excellent quality. Service centers on all continents provide a broad base of knowledge and extraordinary customer support. All of this together with our strong network of sales partners is what has made our company a market leader in the electrical power industry.

For more information about OMICRON or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide.

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