Light-Duty Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle and Compressed Natural Gas Fuel System Inspector* Training
* cost of Inspector certification exam included
Cost: FREE for those who qualify
Contact: Rene Meza, Department of Workforce Services
Phone: 801-686-6520 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Must have proof of citizenship via birth certificate and picture I.D. If you don’t have a Utah I.D., must provide proof of residency
5 Day Training with classes held 8am-5pm daily includes:
· First three days - Compressed Natural Gas Overview
·Last two days - Natural Gas Cylinder Tank Overview and Certification
April 9th - 13th
Sponsored by AVS
Only 20 students per class, so sign up NOW!
Did we mention lunch will be provided by AVS!
DATC Registration Deadline: April 6th
Located in main building RM# 1061
550 East 300 South, Kaysville
Compressed Natural Gas Training Agenda
The week-long CNG course consists of two separate but related classes:
Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles (3 days)
Several auto manufacturers make natural gas-powered vehicles available to the consumer today. The need for qualified technicians to service and maintain these vehicles is growing rapidly. This three-day hands-on course is designed for the professional technician or automotive student and will teach safety, service procedures, vehicle systems, and the nature of gaseous fuels.
Natural gas is a "natural" alternative fuel used to power automobiles. It burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, and the nationwide pipeline system makes it available in almost every community in the country. From the earliest days of the internal combustion engine, natural gas has been used as a clean-burning, efficient fuel. The number of vehicles powered by natural gas is growing every year. Mandates such as the federal Energy Policy Act and the California Federal Pilot Program require most large fleets to include alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in ever-growing numbers. In addition, many consumers have chosen to buy and drive vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).All of this means that the demand for AFV technicians is increasing dramatically. The AFV technician needs to know everything that is currently applicable to servicing automobiles, along with new technology to deal with the gaseous fuel system, engine, electronics, and exhaust.
For an experienced technician, the greatest challenges when working with AFVs include the concepts of working with natural gas, changes in emission-control equipment, electronic ignition, diagnostics, and safety. Each chapter of the Technician’s Manual contains text, illustrations, explanatory figures and tables, chapter review questions, and job aids, along with classroom and/or shop activities. The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is pleased to offer this course, Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles, which meets the needs of the technician, the employer, the fleet operator, and the training institution. The hands-on and classroom time will be approximately split 50-50.
Upon successful completion of this course, the technician will be able to:
- Explain the sources and processing of compressed and liquefied natural gas
- List personal and shop safety procedures, and describe the appropriate responses to common emergencies such as fire, gas leakage, and collision
- List the major policies and regulations pertaining to the installation, operation, and inspection of gaseous fuel vehicles
- Use the concepts of pressure, density, and volume in describing, measuring, and handling natural gas
- State the chemical and physical properties of methane (natural gas)
- Describe the four-stroke Otto and diesel cycles, and explain how combustion is different with a gaseous fuel
- Explain lean-burn technology and calculate the correct air-fuel ratio to achieve best power, lowest emissions, and greatest fuel economy
- Describe the components of a natural gas fuel system and explain how each operates
- Explain the operation of the Electronic Control Module (ECM) and the components that connect to it
- Describe basic diagnostic techniques, the use of the Diagnostic Scan Tool (DST) and the meanings of Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)
- Identify the primary types of emissions testing and the equipment used to perform such tests.
- Understand the basics of natural gas conversion using the IMPCO GM 6-Liter conversion kit. This training will also include proper installation of natural gas cylinders.
- In addition, there is a comprehensive appendix containing detailed information about the conversion of gasoline vehicles to dedicated CNG or bi-fuel CNG/gasoline operation
Course Manual and job aids (charts, handbooks, checklist) and IMPCO specific handouts. Program certificate of completion, continuing education units (CEUs, optional)
Natural Gas Vehicles: CNG Cylinder Inspection (2 days)
CNG vehicle cylinders should be inspected every three years or 36,000 miles. This two-day hands-on course will prepare you to take the certification examination as a CNG cylinder inspector. More than 150,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs), each using CNG cylinders and each cylinder requiring periodic inspection, create a demand for certified inspectors.
Current standards require a detailed visual inspection once every three years or 36,000 miles over the life of the container. Good shop practice recommends a more frequent general inspection. The inspector needs to know what to look for, how to visually inspect, and how to determine whether the container is safe. The continued use of acceptable cylinders and the removal from service of damaged cylinders that do not pass the visual inspection criteria are critical to the safety and well-being of all who may come into contact with NGVs. Done correctly, cylinder inspection will assure a viable, safe future for an industry that provides a cleaner alternative to traditional fuels for transportation.
The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University has developed a
thoroughly-researched, instructionally sound, easily-applied training program for CNG cylinder inspection. Participants gain a thorough knowledge of all required inspections, tests, and apparatus and inspection procedures applicable to the types of cylinders to be inspected.
What You Will Learn
Taught by a certified NAFTC instructor, this course will enable you to:
- Understand theory, equipment, safety, and good work practices
- Develop a working knowledge of the types of cylinders used in CNG vehicle systems
- Describe construction techniques and material types used in CNG cylinder manufacturing
- Build skills in proper installation and removal of cylinders
- Vent and store CNG cylinders safely
- Perform required reporting procedures
- Determine and apply the correct testing procedures
- Recognize various failure modes
- Safely and confidently handle CNG cylinders
- Visually inspect CNG cylinders for damage and deterioration
- Become a certified CNG Cylinder Inspector by passing the CSA International standardized certification test for cylinder inspection (CSA International is a recognized certification and standards organization). Certification exams are offered at the conclusion of each training session. CSA charges a $375 non-refundable fee to take the certification.
Materials Provided to the Technician
Course Manual and job aids (charts, handbooks, checklist) Program certificate, continuing education units(CEUs, optional)