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Lincoln Tech for Denver CNG Training

November 18, 2016 in CNG, NGVs, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Goal Is to ‘Open Doors to More Career Paths’

New Jersey-based Lincoln Educational Services Corp is promoting a new compressed natural gas training curriculum to be offered via the Lincoln Tech campus in Denver. “The enhanced curriculum will increase graduates’ skill sets and open doors to more career paths in their job search,” the company says.
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Training Oklahoma First Responders

July 18, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Education, LNG, NGVs, Propane, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Tulsa Clean Cities Hosting NAFTC Courses for Alt Fuel Mishaps

Organizers are spreading the word that three targeted courses for first responders at accidents involving alternative fuel vehicles will be held late next month at the Oklahoma City Community College’s Professional Development Institute.
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Pensacola, Westport Stress CNG Readiness

April 18, 2016 in CNG, NGVs, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Set Specs, Insist on QVM/OEM Vehicles, Don’t Mess with Old Ones
As Westport Offers Free CNG Training at Its Upfit Facility in Dallas

The City of Pensacola has been successful with its modest fleet of compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles because it set stringent specifications when buying its NGVs, has insisted on getting QVM/qualified vehicle modifier (or OEM) products, and has not attempted to retrofit existing vehicles for CNG.
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NAFTC Releases Fall Training Schedule

July 24, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Education, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, LNG, NGVs, Propane, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Includes Hydrogen, Hydrogen Vehicle & Hydrogen Fleet Awareness Workshop,
Plus There’s a Natural Gas and Propane Fleet Workshop with Ryder on July 30

West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium has released its fall schedule for natural gas, electric drive, and hydrogen vehicle training courses.
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NGVi’s e-Learning Course for NGV Techs

July 7, 2015 in CNG, Education, LNG, NGVs, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Convenience, Cost-Effectiveness and Flexibility Were Factors’

The Las Vegas-based Natural Gas Vehicle Institute has launched its first e-learning course, offering NGV Technician and Fleet Operations Safety Training via an interactive learning management system, “providing students with a convenient way of learning independently and at their own pace.”

NGVi2013-525highNGVi describes its NGV Technician and Fleet Operations Safety Training as “the foundational course for every natural gas vehicle technician.

“Like its classroom equivalent, the e-learning course provides students with fundamental information they need to both understand and safely work on and around CNG and LNG vehicles,” NGVi says.

“E-learning provides a more accessible and convenient means to deliver this important content,” NGVi VP and general manager Annalloyd Thomason said in a release.


‘More Flexible’

“Convenience, cost-effectiveness and flexibility were factors used when NGVi considered the e-learning format for this popular course,” she said. “The nature of the e-learning format – with its 24/7 availability – makes it more flexible for technicians to obtain and fit training into their demanding schedules.”

NGVi’s NGV Fleet Operations Safety E-Learning course is approximately two hours in length, organized into eight modules. “The course is self-paced with a quick knowledge check following each module,” with a final exam at the end. Individuals who complete the course, and pass the exam, receive an NGVi certificate of completion, NGVi says.


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Source: NGVi with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

West and East Coasts for NGVi Courses

June 22, 2015 in Education, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Summertime Courses Across the Country Discounted Until June 30

NGVi, the Las Vegas-based Natural Gas Vehicle Institute, is offering summer discounts on its accredited NGV courses though June 30. updated June 23

NGVi_logo_2013-1111The discounts apply to a bevy of instructional offerings, including Heavy-Duty NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training in Downey, Calif. August 11-13 and in Clearwater, Fla., September 1-3.

“What sets this training apart,” NGVi says of the heavy duty course, “is that it instructs technicians on the entire fuel system – not just the engine – from the fuel receptacle all the way through the emissions system.”


CNG and LNG

NGVI’s heavy duty course covers operational theory, with comprehensive hands-on exercises including component identification, instruction on servicing the high-pressure filter, electrical testing of the solenoid valves, and leak testing. The course prepares candidate technicians for successful completion of the ASE H1 Alternative Fuels certification exam.

Both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas systems are covered.

Registration closes this week for NGVi’s NGV Technician Safety Training course being offered July 7-9 in Chicago and in Martinez, Calif.

To secure your discount for NGVI’s summertime courses, register and pay online by June 30 and enter coupon code SUMMER on the final payment screen.

NGVI Schedule and Registration


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Source: NGVi with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NAFTC Broadens Scope of Training

March 13, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Education, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Training to Cover More Auto Segments, Including Collision Repair

NAFTC, West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, is using an $800,000 Department of Energy Clean Cities grant to broaden its curriculum to include a wider range of automotive groups.

Now what?

Now what?

With alt fuel and advanced technology vehicles becoming more commonplace – more than 3.2 million on U.S. roads today – it’s high time to extend training initiatives to collision repair workers, to fueling and maintenance personnel, to tow truck operators, and to salvage yard and recycling operators, NAFTC says.

“What happens to your Prius after an accident or when it finally ends up in a salvage yard?” NAFTC asks.


‘Audiences Who Have Not Previously Been Considered’

“Through this initiative, the NAFTC will continue to develop curricula on alternative fuel and electric drive vehicles for audiences who have not previously been considered,” says a release. “These classes will follow the highly successful First Responder Safety Training series that has become the industry standard.

NAFTC-logo“The initiative will have a national impact and establish resources that will last beyond the project’s completion through online courses and a network of trained safety instructors.”

AFVs Are Safe, But ‘Different’

“This new funding will allow the NAFTC to continue to lead the way in ensuring that everyone coming into contact with an alternative fuel vehicle is trained to safely work with it,” NAFTC director Bill Davis said in the announcement.

“We are the only nationwide organization that provides training in all available alternative fuel vehicles,” Davis said. “We have learned that while they are as safe as traditional gasoline cars, alternative fuel vehicles are different, as are the safety procedures that workers need to follow in dealing with them.

“The need for proper training really extends to a much larger audience than anyone previously considered.”


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Source: NAFTC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Ryder Opening NGV Center on March 11

March 3, 2015 in Companies, event, NGVs, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

March 11 for Natural Gas Maintenance Facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

Ryder System is hosting a grand opening of its maintenance facility for natural gas vehicles in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. on March 11.

Ryder is extending natural gas vehicle technician training across its entire network of 800 maintenance facilities.

Ryder is extending natural gas vehicle technician training across its entire network of 800 maintenance facilities (F&F, February 18).

The facility, engineered to meet NGV compliance standards, will provide maintenance services for commercial transportation customers that lease and rent their fleets from Ryder. In addition, the facility features a full service rental counter for businesses that need heavy duty vehicles on a short-term basis.

Ryder has deployed NGVs with fleet customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana – and just last month disclosed plans to train all of its North American maintenance personnel to handle NGVs.


Training Its Techs Too – All of Them

The decision affects more than 6,000 maintenance and service employees across a network of 800 maintenance facilities (F&F, February 18).

About 90% of the Ryder’s NGVs are fueled by compressed natural gas. The company has fielded LNG/liquefied natural gas-fueled trucks in California, Texas, Utah and Georgia.


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Source: Ryder System with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Ryder to Train All of Its Techs on NGVs

February 18, 2015 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than 6,000 Maintenance and Service Employees Across 800 Facilities

Ryder System said this morning that it will train all of its North American maintenance personnel to handle natural gas vehicles – a move affecting more than 6,000 maintenance and service employees across a network of 800 maintenance facilities.
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NAFA at AltCar Expo This Week

September 9, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NAFA Handling Full Day of Fleet Professional Sessions on Friday

The New Jersey-based NAFA Fleet Management Association will anchor a full day of sessions at the 2014 AltCar Expo and Conference in Santa Monica, Calif. later this week. NAFA is promising “instruction and case studies in fuel management, a CAFM Boot Camp session devoted to the fuel management fleet discipline, and an in-depth look at NAFA’s Sustainable Fleet Standard Program which is set to launch in 2015.” updated September 16

The 9th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference takes place at the Santa Monica Civic Center September 19-20. The no-charge day for fleet professionals is Friday, September 19.

altcarexpo+NAFAThe sessions led by NAFA professional development strategist Katherine Vigneau and VP Bryan Flansburg will “offer fresh perspectives on all of fleet’s eight disciplines and provide attendees with true, actionable information that they can use to improve their fleets.”

‘Share Best Practices with Peers’

“The pairing of NAFA with the AltCar Expo and Conference makes perfect sense and offers a tremendous two-day base-jump into this new dynamic for the industry,” NAFA CEO Phillip Russo said in a release today.


“The AltCar Expo and Conference is designed specifically to address the issues on the minds of alternative fuel vehicle industry professionals, government agencies, and fleet managers,” Santa Monica fleet superintendent Rick Sikes says in the NAFA release.

“It’s an opportunity to share best practices with peers and get an understanding of what’s coming next in terms of policy, innovation, and products,” Sikes said.


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Source: NAFA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NGVi Offers Two New Courses

September 10, 2013 in training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Maintenance and Diagnostics for Heavy Duty Commences in Dallas

The Las Vegas-based Natural Gas Vehicle Institute is introducing two new training courses, which it says are industry firsts: NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training: Heavy-Duty Vehicles and NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training: Light-Duty Vehicles.
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