The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles training on January 25th-27th and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fuel System Inspector training on January 28th and 29th. Both classes were held at the NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, WV.
The Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles 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 System Inspector course teaches students about 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.
“The most important thing is safety,” said Mark Schmidt, national training instructor for the NAFTC. “During our CNG Fuel System Inspector course, participants learn when and how to do an emergency defuel and inspect for defects. Someone who is inexperienced could risk fires, accidents, and other hazards.”
CNG vehicle cylinders should be inspected every three years, every 36,000 miles, or if the vehicle is involved in an accident. The purpose of this standard is to reduce the risk of fires that can result from fuel leakage during and after motor vehicle crashes, as well as cylinder ruptures.
Representatives from NAFTC consortium member school, San Jacinto College – Central Campus, located in Pasadena, TX participated in both events. “Participants had the opportunity to safely open up the high-pressure side of a CNG cylinder and complete the process of inspecting and replacing the high pressure filter.” said Schmidt.
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 additional study, helps to prepare students for the certification exam which is available at CSA International.
Schmidt identifies CNG cylinder information to Manit Bunnimit, an automotive technician from San Jacinto College – Central Campus, who attended the Light-Duty Natural Gas Technician Training. Credit: NAFTC.