“Biodiesel” may soon be a word as common place as “scan tool” or “torque wrench” in the shop talk that takes place in garages. That’s because biodiesel has taken a leap forward in becoming fully integrated into the education that diesel mechanics receive.
This week, the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) officially awarded the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accreditation to the NBB Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum. NATEF is the body responsible for accrediting schools and curriculum nationwide. Mr. 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 National Biodiesel Board, the Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum is intended to provide technically sound information to mechanics and overcome misconceptions.
“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,” said Rachel Burton, a diesel technician who leads the NBB program. “Knowledge is power.”