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Press Release: BRCC to Host Louisiana Clean Fuels' Free 2-Day CNG Fuel System Inspector Class


New BRCC McKay Automotive Technology Center to Host Free 2-Day CNG Fuel System Inspection Course 

Louisiana Clean Fuels presents this and other technical training courses as part of a grant to promote the safe operation of alternative fuel vehicles.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana | August 23, 2016  — Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF), a designated Clean Cities Coalition, is hosting a 2-Day Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Fuel System Inspector Class at the new BRCC automotive technology center on Lobdell, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. This 2-day course helps participants learn how to safely inspect Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) components to NFPA 52 code, provides information to help pass the CSA Fuel System Inspector exam, and learn to recognize unsafe vehicles.

"This course is designed for automotive technicians, CNG fleet operators, fuel system inspectors and anyone preparing for the CSA exam," says course instructor, Mark C. Schmidt with NAFTC. "The inspector needs to know what to look for, how to visually inspect, and how to determine whether the cylinder is safe."

Anyone wishing to attend this free 2-day course needs to register on-line at Pre-registration by Friday, September 2nd is required to guarantee you a seat.

Today there are more than 15.2 million natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in use worldwide. These vehicles use CNG cylinders, which, along with system components, require periodic inspection, creating a demand for certified inspectors. Current standards require 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. 

"There are at least 2,000 CNG vehicles currently operating in Louisiana," explains Ann Shaneyfelt, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels. "As these numbers continue to rise, we want to ensure that our workforce has the skills required to inspect and maintain these vehicles." 

In Louisiana, there are dozens of national, regional and municipal fleets taking advantage of the many benefits of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. Stable fuel prices, lower toxic emissions and lower maintenance costs are just a few of the reasons fleets say they love their CNG vehicles. UPS, CoreMark, Republic Services, Progressive Waste and Waste Management are just a few of the national fleets operating natural gas vehicles. Many regional and municipal fleets also utilize CNG including: Eagle Distributors, Ivan Smith Furniture, the City of Shreveport, Lafayette, Bossier City and the Town of Hornbeck. In 2015, LCF stakeholders reported approximately 3.2 Million GGEs of alternative fuel usage contributing to a total of over 9,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions reductions in its territory.

Dates: 2-Day Workshop |  September 7-8, 2016 |  8AM - 5PM

Baton Rouge Community College Automotive Technology Center
2115 North Lobdell
Baton Rouge , LA 70818

Instructor: Mark C. Schmidt, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium


Ann Shaneyfelt, Executive Director
Louisiana Clean Fuels
225-342-3476 office | 225-281-7353 mobile

Van Guarino
BRCC Automotive Technology Department
(225) 216-8338


About Louisiana Clean Fuels
Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) was established in 1997 as an affiliate of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities program and received designation April 11, 2000. LCF operates as a non-profit and receives additional support from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and its stakeholders. 

Founded in 1992, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is the only nationwide training organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and expanding the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles in an effort to improve air quality and decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Headquartered at West Virginia University, the NAFTC consists of National and Associate Training Centers located nationwide from Maine to California. 

Their mission is to educate the nation about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles through program management, curriculum development, training implementation and outreach and education activities leading to the decrease of U.S. dependence on foreign oil and the improvement of air quality.

About BRCC's McKay Automotive Technology Center
The $25 million project is a public-private partnership that will offer students a two-year program with paid internships after just the first semester. It will not only train new students, but train those already in the workforce.