July 29th, 2016


National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) representatives attended the National American Council of Automotive Trainers (NACAT) conference in Pasadena, TX earlier this month.

NAFTC National Instructor Mark Schmidt talks about NAFTC trainings with an attendee at the NACAT trade show exhibit. Credit: NAFTC.

This week long conference is designed to provide automotive instructors across the country with updates on automotive technology, new training, diagnostic improvements, teaching and learning strategies, and other topics. The presentations provided instructors with knowledge on these topics to help enhance their students’ automotive education.

NAFTC Assistant Director – Curriculum Development and Training Micheal Smyth and NAFTC National Instructor Mark Schmidt showcased the NAFTC training curricula at the NACAT trade show exhibit.

The NAFTC offered several conference specials including a one-year free membership. Copper Mountain College, located in Joshua Tree, CA was the lucky winner. Other specials included a discounted NAFTC membership for the first year and NAFTC technician courses at one-half price through 12/31/16.

“The NAFTC had a very successful display at NACAT 2016, based on feedback from the attendees,” Smyth said. “We were able to show a lot of people the great training that the NAFTC offers.”

The annual NACAT conference began in 1974 and is held on the third week of July every year. Each day there are sessions with presentations from auto industry and education experts and a trade show occurs during two days of the conference. Five scholarship and education awards are given each year by the NACAT Education Foundation.

Mark Schmidt hosted a presentation on Propane Autogas Vehicle Diagnostics and Repair and a Safe Work Environment. The presentation was designed to give an overview of the proper procedures and methods to follow when considering moving into the diagnostics, repair, and conversion of propane autogas vehicles.

Schmidt commented, “The NACAT Conference was extremely busy. There were nearly 150 sessions so there was always something to learn. The NAFTC presentation went over well, and our booth was busy with people asking about training. All-in-all NACAT was a hugely successful event for us.”

The NAFTC conference participation was funded by the Propane Education and Research Council.

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