11/5/2010 12:00 AM
The 2010 Southwest Electrical Metering Assocation (SWEMA) Texas Meter School drew a record 179 participants to the Texas A&M Riverside Campus in Bryan on Oct. 25-29. Attendees came from 12 states and from as far away as Brazil. A vendor show on Oct. 26-27 attracted more than 30 exhibitors.
Five, 32-hour electrical metering classes were conducted during the annual school. Hands-on courses covered single-phase and poly-phase electrical metering technology, latest changes to metering technology and advanced topics in high-voltage National Generation/Transmission Metering. The most popular course was "Introduction to Electrical Metering" with 73 registered participants.
Organizers say the goal of the annual school is to train new and experienced meter technicians how to fine-tune electrical networks to provide consumers the proper balance of power with as little waste as possible.
"This was the best year ever for the SWEMA Texas Meter School as shown by our record attendance," said Training Director Bill Stansbury with TEEX's Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute. "We received positive comments both from the participants and from the vendors." The SWEMA Texas Meter School is the only school of its type in Texas and has been held for more than 60 years.