September 29th, 2016

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City Community College joined the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) as a National Training Center in May of this year.

The school’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) provides training in compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane autogas for automotive and compressor technicians. Students who attend these classes are prepared to test for the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) certifications in:

  • Oklahoma CNG Compressor Operator – Level 1

  • Oklahoma CNG Compressor Technician – Level 2 Mechanic

  • Oklahoma CNG Equipment Technician

  • Oklahoma LPG Equipment Technician

The Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) issues certifications to technicians who work on alternative fueled vehicles and refueling/recharging infrastructure after they have met training and experience requirements, demonstrated a set of skills, and passed a written exam. OCCC’s PDI works closely with the ODOL to specifically design courses that will best prepare technicians for this process.

Director for the PDI John Claybon commented, “Alternative vehicle fuels include motors that can contain high voltage, cold temperatures, or high pressures. These fuel systems are becoming more common and it is important that technicians, first responders, salvage mechanics, and even wrecker personnel are trained to identify the fuel systems and safety hazards. Oklahoma is a nationwide leader in training and licensing requirements for technicians to ensure that they have the knowledge and skill set necessary to work with vehicles operating on alternative fuels. Oklahoma City Community College’s alternative fuel training program can leverage NAFTC’s curriculum to build more awareness about the industry and facilitate quality training for industry professionals.”

NAFTC Director Bill Davis stated, “The NAFTC is glad to partner with Oklahoma City Community College and its quality alternative fuel vehicle program. They have a strong partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Labor, and have been preparing students to work on CNG and propane autogas vehicles for a while now. We know that, working together, the NAFTC and OCCC can show even more automotive technicians the importance of receiving training in the field of AFVs.”

In August, the PDI hosted NAFTC First Responder Safety Train-the-Trainer courses for firefighters, EMS workers, and law enforcement, and earlier this year, the school hosted a free NAFTC Propane Autogas Technician Training.

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