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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 23:11

OR Program Offers Auto Tech Students Conversion Training

The Advanced Transportation Technology Center (ATTC) in Lebanon, OR, a division of Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC), is partnering with the industry, both locally and nationally, to meet the growing need for trained, skilled transportation technicians to support a variety of new vehicles and propulsion systems. 

The college offers training to apply, develop and adopt alternate energy in biofuels, electric & hybrid vehicles, compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen, hybrid, telematics and other new technologies.

Currently, a large municipality is partnering with the ATTC to convert up to 75 fleet vehicles over the next 10 years that will operate on Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Each conversion requires the addition of a high-pressure fuel system (tank) and low pressure (under-hood) delivery system. It also requires removal of the ECU to upgrade its existing programming to accommodate the new parameters created by the use of RNG. 

The ATTC attracts current students with its "Learn and Earn program," which allows the students to earn money while also getting trained on these alternative fuel conversions. As part of their free training, students perform a conversion for a customer to cover the college’s cost for the course. After that, the college hires the student to continue to perform conversions so they can master their newly acquired skills.

The ATTC is available to provide training courses for professionals in automotive/diesel repair and emergency responders to address safety issues arising from the installation, maintenance, and repair of both traditional and new propulsion systems.

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