The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., has launched a video education program called “Vids for Grids: New Media for the New Energy Workforce” (V4G). The first two videos are available at www.youtube.com/vids4grids, launching a 12-video series that demonstrates best practices in integrating new media into engineering core curricula.

“Switchgear,” filmed at Eaton Electrical, explains how high voltage and large currents can be controlled efficiently in a large industrial facility as well as a university campus.

“Surge Arresters,” filmed at Hubbell Power Systems, shows how distribution arresters and ground lead disconnectors improve grid reliability.

Future videos will address capacitors, conductors, connectors, dynamic line ratings, energy storage, flywheels, industrial automation, lighting management systems and meters. NEMA expects to release one new video per month.

“Smart Grid is our future,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis. “An aging workforce has created a brain drain in the electric power sector. This series will introduce smart grid concepts to tomorrow's engineers.”

In collaboration with member manufacturers, the series features smart grid equipment, explains electrical engineering concepts, and portrays careers in power engineering. The curriculum was developed in conjunction with Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University.

V4G is one of 54 Smart Grid workforce training programs funded the Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). It is the only one funded in Virginia and the only one awarded to a non-profit association.

NEMA members participating in V4G include A123, Beacon Power, Cooper Power Systems, Eaton Corp., Hubbell Inc., Itron, Leviton, Rockwell Automation, Southwire Co., Thomas & Betts, and The Valley Group (a Nexans Company). Video services are provided by Metro Productions.