On April 11 and 12, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted a Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel System Inspector course at NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, WV.
Mark Schmidt, NAFTC instructor, leads a class discussion in pressure relief devices. Credit: NAFTC.
Today there are more than 2.5 million natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in use. These vehicles contain system components that require periodic inspection at least every three years or 36,000 miles. Currently there is a demand for certified inspectors. The NAFTC CNG Fuel Systems Inspector Course is designed to teach students to inspect and determine whether the components are safe. Done correctly, fuel system inspection assures a viable, safe future for the natural gas industry.
During the CNG Fuel Systems Inspector course, students were taught a working knowledge of the types of fuel system components used in CNG vehicles, how to inspect components for damage and deterioration, and to safely handle CNG cylinders and fuel lines.
In addition to the regular course, a representative from SwageLok, an international provider of fuel system components, taught a module on tube bending and fitting. Following the module, students received a certificate that certifies them as having completed the training.
A representative from SwageLok assists a student in tube-fitting and bending. Credit: NAFTC.
Following the CNG Fuel Systems Inspector Course, students can become certified CNG Fuel System Inspectors by passing the CSA International standardized certification test for cylinder inspection. This course along with study helps to prepare students for the certification exam which is available at CSA International.