This month automotive instructors from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, an NAFTC National Training Center member, visited the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) to attend several training sessions. They attended a Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle course, a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fuel System Inspector course, and Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician training.
Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are continuing to grow in popularity in the United States. Consequently, there is a need for technicians qualified in using and maintaining their unique fueling and propulsion systems. These trainings were designed to train the instructors who will teach automotive technicians how to inspect and service these vehicles.
San Jacinto College offers a General Motors Automotive Service Education Program. The program includes eight areas of Automotive Service Excellence. Students enter the program with the goal of passing the ASE national exam for each area. After passing the exams they have several exciting careers to choose from, including service technician, diesel technician, parts counter, service writer, shop foreman, service manager and car sales all areas that reward strong talent.
San Jacinto College has been a consortium member since 2012 and is one of nearly 50 National and Associate Training Centers across the U.S. who utilize the award winning, state-of-the-art NAFTC curricula and training in their classrooms. As a consortium member, San Jacinto College has access to train-the-trainer classes on numerous alternative fuel vehicle topics for automotive technicians. This training will allow the school to continue its specialized automotive training program for electric drive and natural gas vehicles.