The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) has launched a newly developed Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training program at the Blue Bird West facility in Fort Valley, Ga. NAFTC National and Associate Training Center members will be given first access to the course at the Blue Bird West facility and will utilize the training in their automotive program classrooms across the U.S. Following this initial training session for members, the Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training program will be made available to automotive instructors nationwide.
Developed by the NAFTC, this course was made possible through funding from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).
“This course will help us to educate the next generation of alternative fuel automotive technicians, in this case propane autogas, as well as communicating how and why the adoption of this new course into current automotive technology curriculums will benefit students, schools and their communities,” says Stuart Flatow, PERC vice president of safety and training.
With nearly 200,000 propane autogas vehicles on U.S. roads, and a 700% projected growth by 2020, propane autogas technicians to service these vehicles are in high demand.
According to the NAFTC, participants in the three-day Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training will learn how to convert vehicles to run on propane autogas and how to service these vehicles safely, understand the theory of operation and ability to diagnose and repair vapor-injected liquified petroleum gas (LPG) systems, and understand the operation and ability to diagnose and repair LPG systems. This course is designed for automotive instructors, pre- and in-service automotive technicians, and fleet managers.
The Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training is available at the NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown or at other locations nationwide. The next training session is scheduled for April 12-14 at the NAFTC headquarters.