Interior of the hands-on training area at the OMICRON Academy in Houston.

OMICRON Academy Opens in Houston

Nov. 7, 2013
OMICRON has opened its new 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.

OMICRON has opened its new training center in Houston as part of its ongoing 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.”

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
  • Ttraining area for distribution automation including apparatus from various
  • manufacturers

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, substation 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.”

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

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