On June 22-26, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium conducted Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Fuel System Inspector training at First Coast Technical College in Saint Augustine, FL. First Coast Technical College, an NAFTC National Training Center member, offered this training to participants from the Jacksonville Transit Authority and St. Johns County fleet operations.
NAFTC natural gas training includes classroom time as well as hands on experience with natural gas vehicles. Credit: First Coast Technical College.
The Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle training is a hands-on class 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 training 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.
First Coast Technical College hosted St. Johns County staff during Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle and CNG Vehicle Fuel System Inspector training. Credit: First Coast Technical College.
“This class had more of an emphasis on heavy duty applications, so we spent a lot of time talking about that,” said NAFTC training instructor, Mark Schmidt. “Our natural gas training will often offer a light duty course because those vehicles are more common. However, we are flexible, so we can spend more time on heavy duty if that is what the participants want.”
After attending the CNG Vehicle Fuel System Inspector training, the participant is better prepared to take the CSA International Fuel System Inspector Certification Exam.
“The information [from this training] will be useful to educate JTA employees of natural gas vehicles and how it will affect their current roles,” said Terry Posey, Jacksonville Transit Authority Trainer. “We plan to implement what we learned through scheduled classroom and hands-on sessions on CNG technology.”