Diesel Technician Curriculum for Biodiesel Accredited by ASE
(Biodiesel Magazine/National Biodiesel Board) …This week, the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation officially awarded the Automotive Service Excellence accreditation to the NBB Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum. NATEF is the body responsible for accrediting schools and curriculum nationwide. Dave Milne, president of the Automotive Training Managers Council, a division of ASE, presented the award and said, “We are delighted to have the National Biodiesel Board as an accredited training organization—it is important to have good technical information to educate the next generation of diesel technicians in advanced biofuels.”
Created by the NBB, the Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum is intended to provide technically sound information to mechanics and overcome misconceptions.
…The Iowa Biodiesel Board was an early partner with NBB, implementing the NBB Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum with more than 1,000 students at community colleges in Iowa since 2009. Before taking a course in biodiesel led by instructors trained under the program, just 33 percent of students felt “fairly knowledgeable” or “very knowledgeable” about biodiesel. After the course, 74 percent classed themselves in those categories.
“People listen to their automotive technicians, and if there is an information gap there, techs are not likely to recommend biodiesel to their customers,” said Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. “We’ve already seen this program having an impact in Iowa. It really is mission-critical to the future of biodiesel’s success. We hope other states will be able to replicate what we have done in Iowa. READ MORE