The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted a professional development meeting for its consortium members in Fort Valley, GA, February 23-26, 2016.

During the four-day meeting, members had the opportunity to attend the first session of the newly developed Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training.

NAFTC Director Bill Davis commented, “The Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training will help us to educate automotive technicians in the safe repair and maintenance of vehicles that run on propane autogas. Incorporating this new course into current automotive technology curriculums will benefit students, schools and their communities.”

The new propane autogas training gives automotive service technicians an in-depth look at servicing and maintaining propane-autogas-powered vehicles. The NAFTC launched the course to help fill a need for qualified technicians who can adapt, service, and maintain the alternative fuel systems.

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During the Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training, participants worked in groups to complete practical exercises to reinforce the concepts relayed in the training. Credit: NAFTC.

“Sales of commercial propane autogas vehicles increased last year, even with low oil prices, and taking this course is a way for service technicians to stay ahead of the curve as the market continues to grow,” said Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer at the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). PERC funded the development of the training in partnership with the NAFTC.

Course materials provided include a participant manual and program certificate. Instruction mixes classroom work with practical exercises and hands-on shop activities, so technicians will exit the course with an expansive knowledge of: * Propane characteristics; * Bi-fuel, dual fuel and dedicated fuel systems; * Vehicle compatibility and conversion; * System components; and * Personnel and shop safety.

Meeting attendees also toured a Blue Bird bus assembly plant, which produces propane vehicles in addition to vehicles powered by traditional fueling systems. The tour included the assembly floor and all aspects of the manufacturing process.

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Meeting attendees were able to tour all of the manufacturing areas of a Blue Bird bus assembly plant and learned about their manufacturing process. Credit: NAFTC.

Also during the meeting NAFTC Director Bill Davis, Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach Judy Moore, and Assistant Director – Training and Curriculum Development Micheal Smyth updated consortium members on NAFTC projects, including future curriculum updates and marketing and outreach activities.

For information about NAFTC membership, visit MyNAFTC. .

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