*Cancelled* - Tour of Skarshaug Testing Laboratory


*Cancelled* - This will be a joint meeting with the Central Iowa Chapter of the Power and Energy Society.  The Engineers Club of Des Moines will also join us for this meeting.

Due to blowing snow and dropping temperatures with dangerous wind chills we are cancelling tonight's tour. Stay home and be safe and warm. We will reschedule possibly this spring.

Please put our next two meetings on your calendar:

February 28 - Tour of Area515 Des Moines Maker Space

March 14 - ISU Cyber Security Engineering Degree

*Cancelled* - The January Section meeting will be a Tour of Skarshaug Testing Laboratory.  Skarshaug tests safety equipment used by electrical workers to keep them safe when working with energized electrical equipment.  David and Matthew Skarshaug will provide an overview of the operation and lead us on a tour of the facility.

Founded in 1950, Skarshaug Testing Laboratory (STL), is a leader in the testing and sales of Electrical Worker’s Personal Protective Equipment. STL is one of about 40 independent testing laboratories in North America, and was the first such lab accredited by the Association of North American Independent Laboratories for Protective Equipment Testing (NAIL for PET). STL has 25 employees, and customers in every state and Canada. STL builds its own line of glove inflators and sleeve expanders. STL was founded by ISU graduate Paul Skarshaug in 1950. Paul was a pioneer in the field of testing of insulating electrical protective gear, and served on ASTM and ANSI committees that developed many of the current standards that govern the manufacture and testing of personal protective equipment for electrical workers.  Paul Skarshaug was the founder and first president of NAIL.

After the tour we will have dinner at Hickory Park Restaurant, 1404 S. Duff Avenue, Ames IA.  Everyone will order from the menu.

  Date and Time




  • 505 South Bell
  • Ames, Iowa
  • United States 50010
  • Building: Skarshaug Testing Laboratory, Inc.
  • Co-sponsored by Central Iowa Section of Power and Energy Society
  • Starts 14 January 2019 07:48 AM
  • Ends 23 January 2019 05:30 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • No Admission Charge
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David Skarshaug


Tour of Skarshaug Testing Laboratory


David Skarshaug is President of Skarshaug Testing Laboratory. He has been with the company since 1992. He is currently a member of the ASTM F18 Committee on Electrical Protective Equipment for Electrical Worker. Prior to returning to the family business, David held positions as Manufacturing Engineer for Puritan Bennett (San Marcos, CA) building fiber-optic based Blood-Gas monitoring device, Systems Engineer for Litton Automated Systems Division (San Diego, CA) designing Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems, and Industrial Engineer for General Dynamics Convair Division (San Diego, CA) building Tomahawk and Advanced Cruise Missiles. David is a 1984 graduate of Iowa State in Industrial Engineering. David and his wife Jeanene are avid ISU fans and have three grown boys.



Matthew Skarshaug


Tour of Skarshaug Testing Laboratory


Vice President Matthew Skarshaug serves on the ANSI A92.2 Subcommittee on Vehicle Mounted Elevating and Rotating Work Platforms (Boom Trucks).  Matthew is a 2014 Mechanical Engineering graduate of Iowa State, and was a Mechanical Engineer in the oil and energy division of Black and Veatch in Kansas City before joining the Lab in 2017.



5:30 PM Gathering and networking

6:00 PM Presentation and tour

7:30 PM Dinner

Registration is not necessary for this meeting but will help us plan for the tour.  Please click the Register Now button above.


Future meetings:

February 28 - Tour of Area515 Des Moines Maker Space

March 14 - ISU Cyber Security Engineering Degree