On February 24–26, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted a Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle course at the NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, WV. Participants in the course included representatives from the Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC and from Johnson College in Scranton, PA. Both colleges are NAFTC National Training Centers and are taking the training back to their students in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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The Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle course was followed by a two-day CNG Fuel Systems Inspector course, also held at NAFTC headquarters on February 27–28. Attendees included representatives from Blue Ridge Community College, Johnson College, and ACE Recycling and Disposal—a waste disposal company based in West Jordan, UT.

The Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle course is a hands-on training designed for the professional technician or automotive student and covers vehicle safety, service procedures, vehicle systems, and the nature of gaseous fuels. The course meets the needs of the technician, the employer, the fleet operator, and the training institution.

The CNG Fuel Systems Inspector course teaches students 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.

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.

“Both of the trainings went very well,” said NAFTC training instructor, Mark Schmidt. “The participants were extremely happy with the course. We taught it as a train-the-trainer course, so our National Training Centers will be taking the knowledge they gained with them back to their classrooms in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. And the representatives from ACE Recycling and Disposal were able to use the knowledge they gained from the CNG Fuel Systems Inspector course to become certified instructors a week after they completed the course. Overall, it was a very successful experience for everyone.”

Upcoming trainings include:

Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles
June 9-11 at Linn-Benton Community College in Lebanon, OR – Register by calling (541) 259-5801
May 19-21 – Register online

Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel System Inspector
June 12-13 at Linn-Benton Community College in Lebanon, OR Register by calling (541) 259-5801
May 22-23 – Register online

Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training
April 28-May 2 – Register online

Natural Gas & Propane Fleet Workshop
May 9: Bridgeport, WV – Register online
May 20: Charleston, WV – Register online
July 15: Wheeling, WV – Register online




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