Natural gas training consistently ranks as one of the most popular subjects taught by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC). The NAFTC conducts dozens of natural gas courses each year. Most recently, the NAFTC conducted a series of natural gas classes at NAFTC headquarters and in Albany, OR.
This May, training participants gathered at NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, WV to complete the consortium’s Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle course and the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Fuel System Inspector training.
The three-day Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle course is a combination of classroom and 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 CNG Vehicle Fuel System Inspector course, on the other hand, teaches students 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.
NAFTC instructor Mark Schmidt demonstrates the steps for removing the shield to see the high-pressure gas components of a vehicle during a CNG Vehicle Fuel System Inspector course at NAFTC headquarters in May. Credit: NAFTC.
This June, the NAFTC also traveled to Albany, OR to conduct a series of natural gas classes for Linn-Benton College.
The training drew automotive instructors from the community college, as well as several students and interested participants from outside agencies.
They were looking to brush up on their skills in alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles by taking the Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle course and the CNG Vehicle Fuel System Inspector course.
“The participants were very interested in CNG and the differences between it and propane,” said Mark Schmidt, NAFTC instructor. “As the class advanced into the week-long training, we used a propane conversion that was taking place as a wiring exercise. The wiring and the many CNG vehicles made for a good mix between classroom and lab training.”
The NAFTC’s courses, along with recommended independent study, help prepare technicians to successfully pass the ASE F1 Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle exam and the CSA International natural gas vehicle exam.