The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) has launched a new, three-day propane autogas vehicle technician training course that includes an overview of propane technology, automotive components and autogas-related systems.
According to NAFTC, the course discusses propane characteristics, fuel systems, vehicle compatibility, system components, and safety practices in order to give qualified technicians an in-depth understanding of servicing and maintaining propane autogas-powered vehicles.
Funded by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), this new training is being offered free for professional automotive technicians currently working in the field.
According to the event invitation, the course objectives are as follows:
- Explain the sources and processing of LPG;
- Describe the components of a propane autogas fuel system and explain how each operates;
- Know the different fuel delivery methods and how they differ (vapor, liquid and direct);
- Explain the three types of propane autogas fuel system configurations (bi-fuel, dual fuel and dedicated);
- Learn the concepts of pressure, density and volume in describing, measuring and handling propane autogas;
- Explain the operation of the electronic control module and the components that connect to it;
- List the different steps in the conversion of a conventional vehicle; and
- List personnel and shop safety procedures, and describe the appropriate responses to common emergencies, such as fire, gas leakage and collision.
NAFTC notes that the course is available to its member schools and PERC stakeholders as a train-the-trainer upon advance request, but it is not an autogas conversion course.
The training will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, through Thursday, Sept. 14, at Dattco, located at 315 South St. in New Britain, Conn.