The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) held Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fuel Systems Inspector courses at NAFTC headquarters on July 29 through August 2, 2013.
The number of vehicles powered by natural gas is growing every year, with more than 14 million natural gas vehicles in use today, according to the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center. Mandates, such as the Federal Energy Policy Act, require most large fleets to include alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in ever-growing numbers. In addition, with the recent resurgence of natural gas, many consumers are choosing to buy and drive light-duty or passenger vehicles powered by compressed natural gas. These vehicles contain system components that require periodic inspection at least every three years or 36,000 miles, therefore creating a huge need for qualified natural gas technicians.
The Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle course covered the first three-and-a-half-days of training and is designed for the professional technician or automotive student. The hands-on training covers safety, service procedures, vehicle systems, and the nature of gaseous fuels.
The final two days of training covered the CNG Fuel Systems Inspector course, which is designed to teach students to inspect and determine whether the CNG system components are safe. During the 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 how to safely handle CNG cylinders and fuel lines.
Participants, Terry Wolfe and Jim Pitts, examine system components during the Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles course. Credit: NAFTC.