By Kasia McBride, Marketing Manager, NGVi
Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) gears up for the TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, the premier technology marketplace focused on truck technology and maintenance. The conference will be held March 10-13, 2014 at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN.
In booth #1804, NGVi training and customer solutions team members will be available for one-on-one conversations about attendees’ existing or planned CNG or LNG programs. In addition, hands-on technical demonstrations with NGVi’s head instructor and Training Manager, Paul Pate will be conducted in the booth.
One of the most frequently overlooked elements of successfully integrating CNG or LNG into a truck fleet is the need for natural gas specific training. Technicians who are accustomed to working on diesel or even gasoline trucks need to understand the significant differences between natural gas and those fuels, and how to diagnose and solve problems that more likely will occur in the fuel system than the engine. This makes an in-depth understanding of how natural gas behaves, as well as the components of the natural gas fuel system, critical.
NGVi offers the only ASE CASE-accredited comprehensive training on CNG and LNG vehicles, ranging from basic safety training for technicians and all fleet operations personnel, to advanced maintenance and diagnostics training for technicians. Three levels of training programs for technicians and operations personnel include:
Technician and Fleet Operations Safety Training – one-day class that teaches both technicians and fleet operations personnel what they need to know about safely working in and around natural gas vehicles.
CNG Fuel System Inspector Training – two-day class that prepares technicians to conduct the federally-required CNG fuel system inspections every three years, 36,000 miles or after any fire or accident exceeding 5 miles per hour.
NGV Heavy-Duty Maintenance and Diagnostics Training – a three-day intensive course that teaches technicians how to properly diagnose and correct operating problems that occur anywhere between the receptacle and the tailpipe of heavy-duty vehicles.
For conference attendees who are thinking about integrating natural gas into their fuel mix, NGVi will also be available to discuss maintenance facilities modifications that are required to repair natural gas vehicles.