The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) conducted another training in the series of free Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training funded by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). The session was held August 9 through 11, 2016, at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, OH.

Eleven participants from the eastern United States attended the training and learned to maintain and service propane autogas-powered vehicles.

During the training, Lance Suttle from ROUSH CleanTech delivered factory-specific training on ROUSH technologies.

PERC Vice President, Safety & Training Stuart Flatow explained, “The 3-day instructor-led autogas technician course developed by the NAFTC with funding from the Propane Education & Research Council was one of eight such courses scheduled throughout the year designed to give the experienced conventional vehicle technician the added knowledge and skills needed to safely convert, maintain, diagnose, and repair autogas vehicles. I want to thank the folks at the University of Northwestern Ohio for their graciousness in allowing us to hold the course at their world-class automotive tech facility.”

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Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training participants benefit from extensive hands-on experience during the class. Credit: PERC.

NAFTC National Instructor Mark Schmidt also traveled to Universal Technical Institute in Irving, Texas to conduct a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Fuel System Inspector training. Sixteen participants attended the course, hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments on August 2nd and 3rd.

During the CNG Vehicle Fuel System Inspector course, students were taught a working knowledge of the types of fuel system components used in CNG vehicles, how to inspect components for damage and deterioration, and safe handling of CNG cylinders and fuel lines.

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During the CNG Vehicle Fuel System Inspector Training participants have the opportunity to inspect CNG tanks on functional vehicles. Credit: Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities.

Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Pamela Burns said this about the course, “With a full class, the CNG Vehicle Fuel System Inspector course allowed both public and private entities with CNG vehicles in their fleet to learn about and prepare for the CSA Fuel System Inspector Exam. At the end of the course, attendees expressed how beneficial the training and the hands-on activities have been.”

CNG vehicles contain system components that require periodic inspection at least every three years or 36,000 miles. Currently there is a demand for certified inspectors. The NAFTC CNG Vehicle Fuel System Inspector course is designed to teach students to inspect and determine whether the components are safe. Done correctly, fuel system inspection assures a viable, safe future for the natural gas industry.

Schmidt commented that, “The participants particularly appreciated the amount of hands-on work they received and the practice scenarios.”

Following the CNG Vehicle Fuel System Inspector course, students can become certified CNG fuel system inspectors by passing the CSA International standardized certification test for cylinder inspection. This course helps to prepare students for the certification exam, which is available at CSA International.

For a complete list of upcoming trainings, visit the NAFTC Training Schedule.

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