Biodiesel Becomes Key Part of Mechanic Training

Joanna Schroeder

It won’t be long before mechanics across the U.S. know all about biodiesel. The National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) has awarded the Automotive Service Excellence accreditation to NBB Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum. The curriculum was created to provide technically sound information to mechanics about biodiesel and eliminate misperceptions.

“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,” said Dave Milne, President of the Automotive Training Managers Council, a division of ASE.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) says greater acceptance and knowledge of biodiesel will help all Americans enjoy the benefits of the renewable fuel.

Rachel Burton, a diesel technician who leads the NBB program and has trained more than 300 instructors said, “NBB had the foresight to recognize that educating diesel technicians early is critical to its mission of increasing public acceptance of biodiesel, a relatively new fuel. Knowledge is power.”

The NBB program has had a partnership with Universal Technical Institute, a leading provider of entry-level technicians, since 2009. Technicians who take the course may receive Continuing Education Credits and for those taking classes in a college setting, the course may count for credits towards a degree.

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