Goulds Water Technology (GWT), a Xylem brand, recently launched an online training tool for safe use of a digital multimeter and for pump system troubleshooting. Goulds calls the V.A.R.I. Challenge a first-of-its kind online tool for industry professionals.

“With in-person training still on hold due to COVID-19 concerns, it’s critical to provide water well industry professionals with education alternatives to boost their capabilities in the field,” says Susan O’Grady, director of marketing, Building Services and Agriculture, Xylem Inc. “We developed this free tool to deliver more on-demand opportunities to novice and veteran industry professionals, and to further our commitment to industry-leading education and training.”

The V.A.R.I. Challenge uses a gamified format to educate users about the use of a digital multimeter to test the voltage, amperage, resistance and insulation (VARI) of the brand’s Aquavar SOLO2 variable frequency drive (VFD) performance, enabling users to advance from level to level.

Users are timed throughout the challenge and receive points for accuracy of responses. Upon completion of the challenge, users can see where they stack up on the V.A.R.I. Challenge leaderboard. Additional features and resources are integrated throughout the interactive tool, which include links to Goulds Water Technology service manuals and video tips for each level from Xylem Training Manger Tom Stephan.

“Using a meter to troubleshoot a pump system is an essential skill required by all industry technicians, and the V.A.R.I. Challenge training tool allows them to easily and safely learn basic yet critical information about V.A.R.I. levels as well as functions related to installation, operation and troubleshooting of the SOLO2 VFD,” Stephan said.

Goulds Water Technology debuted the V.A.R.I. Challenge tool during National Ground Water Association’s virtual Groundwater Week. To learn more, visit goulds.com/varichallenge.

See other Goulds Water Technology training resources at info.xyleminc.com/goulds-training.html.

Xylem, based in Rye Brook, N.Y., serves the public utility, residential, commercial and agricultural markets with a variety of pump and water treatment products. The company has more than 16,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.xylem.com.