The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) held Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles training at Bridgemont Technical College in Charleston, West Virginia from March 25– 29 and at the NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, West Virginia April 8–10.

This three-and-a-half-day hands-on course is designed for the professional technician or automotive student. The training covers safety, service procedures, vehicle systems, and the nature of gaseous fuels.

The number of vehicles powered by natural gas is growing every year. Mandates, such as the Federal Energy Policy Act, require most large fleets to include alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) in ever-growing numbers. In addition, many consumers have chosen to buy and drive light-duty or passenger vehicles powered by compressed natural gas.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s Natural Gas Task Force released their final report in February. The report recommends that West Virginia take advantage of its abundant natural gas resources and convert many government vehicles to natural gas.

“We have the opportunity to reinvest in our own economy, provide drivers with lower costs at the pump as well as support the establishment of more good-paying jobs for West Virginians—all by using a clean burning energy source harvested right here at home,” Gov. Tomblin said.

All of this means that the demand for AFV technicians is increasing dramatically. The AFV technician needs to know everything that is currently applicable to servicing automobiles, along with new technology to deal with the gaseous fuel system, engine, electronics, and exhaust. This course meets the needs of the technician, the employer, the fleet operator, and the training institution.

Register for the July Light-Duty NGV Training: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5599319716.

More information about the training: http://naftc.wvu.edu/course_workshop_information/lightdutyngv.

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Students at the Light Duty Natural Gas Training at Bridgemont Technical College receive hands on experience working on a natural gas vehicle. Credit: NAFTC.




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