Saddleback College is already known as a leader in its area for alternative fuel vehicle programs. It is now using ATRE-CEC funding to make those programs even better.
In April, Saddleback College hosted National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey Day in an effort to educate the community about the positive impact this technology has on the environment.
Some of the vehicles on display included a hydrogen bus, a diesel fire engine, Tesla Model X, Hyundai IONIQ 300, among others. More than 300 people turned out for the event. Read More →
The Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC) is a non-profit organization comprised of transit agencies, community colleges, universities and private industry partners. The SCRTTC recently facilitated California Energy Commission (CEC) funding in order to provide training to transit employees across the state, meeting some of the most critical needs faced by municipal transportation systems. Read More →
While many of the ATRE-CEC grants focused on alternative fuel technology in consumer vehicles, Hartnell College located in Salinas and the Salad Bowl of the World is taking a slightly different approach with its funding.
The college’s Agricultural Business and Technology Institute faculty are expanding the focus to also include farm equipment, buses, trucks, and other heavy-duty vehicles. Located in the heart of an agricultural area, the college estimates more than 800 job openings in this field each year. Monterey County is also among the top counties in the U.S. for hybrid vehicles, with more than 1,500 registered as of 2012.
Silicon Valley is ripe for an increase in alternative fuel vehicles and people to service them. De Anza College is well on the way to meeting that need thanks in part to ATRE-CEC funding.
The college has offered courses on hybrid vehicles since 2007 as part of its Advanced Automotive Technician Certificate of Achievement, but struggled to purchase equipment to keep up with new vehicles as they entered the market. ATRE-CEC funds were used to purchase a Chevy Volt, a Nissan Leaf, and a Ford F-550 heavy duty CNG truck. Read More →
The college will now use ATRE-CEC funds to enhance its 12-credit Hybrid & Plug-in Electric Vehicle Technology certificate. Read More →
The College hopes that the program will serve as the basis for a new career pathway that will allow students to make a living wage in an area that’s still reeling from the Great Recession. The automotive industry is one of the few industries growing in the High Desert region, and will continue to expand as consumers shift toward more environmentally friendly vehicles and face longer commutes. Read More →
Recently awarded ATRE-CEC funds will be used to support a new course that’s required for the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Certificate at Copper Mountain College (CMC). CMC will provide additional funding to further support the effort. Read More →
Douglas Redman, Associate Professor of Automotive/Advanced Transportation, used CEC funds to purchase a Mirai as well as PicoScopes, which are advanced diagnostic tools.
Redman said there’s still a stigma in the industry of auto shops and garages not wanting to service hybrids or alternative fuel vehicles because of safety issues and they are too complex.
He’s hoping that his students, armed with knowledge on how to safely repair these vehicles, can help break down that stigma.
“The goal is to give them the skills that make them more marketable,” Redman said. “They will enter the workforce not being afraid of hybrids or electric or hydrogen cars.”
Students in those programs will perform hands-on work on the Mirai and other alternative fuel vehicles.
The purchase of PicoScopes will also allow students to gain experience using a diagnostic tool that they are likely to see if they get a job servicing alternate fuel vehicles. The program previously had an older version that did not interface with the computer systems in newer model vehicles.
College of the Desert is also acquiring a new generation “LowNox/Near Zero” emission heavy duty engine and partnering with San Bernardino Valley College, who also acquired this engine, to provide training to students and faculty on alternative fuels across the region.
“It’s such a cutting edge market that what looks like a good tool today might not be used anymore,” Redman said. “Our goal is to supply an industry equivalent so the student isn’t touching something they’ve never seen before when they walk into a job.”
Ben French, Co-Chair of the college’s Automotive Technology Program, completed a training course in January that allowed him to update the college’s curriculum throughout the rest of the semester.
“The highlight of the class was a complete removal and reinstallation of the high pressure hydrogen storage tanks using Toyota specialty tools,” French said. “This course provided me with invaluable information that I am using to shape the future curriculum and equipment needs of the American River College AFV Training Program.”
The college also plans to install a CNG fueling station and has already submitted a requisition for the purchase.
The need for workers skilled in servicing natural gas vehicles will continue to grow as their use in the San Diego area increases. This applies to fleets such as San Diego Transit buses, Waste Management of San Diego trucks, and even new ships being built in the region by General Dynamics Nassco.
CEC funding has already enabled Miramar to purchase five ISL G training engines and special tooling to be used in its CNG engine overhaul course.
“The engine overhaul course teaches the student-technician the critical thinking, and manipulative skills that technicians need to be employed in the medium duty CNG service industry,” said Daniel Willkie, Professor of Diesel Technology.
The college plans to launch its natural gas technology training program with a cohort of 20 students this fall and complete a curriculum change by Fall 2018 that will allow for a dedicated focus on natural gas technology.
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