Alternative Fuels/Electric/Fuel Cell Vehicles
The Rio Hondo College Alternative Fuel Program & Advanced Transportation Technology is the leader in the area for delivering training that consists of the following:
• Hybrid Technology
• Fuel Cell Technology
• Compressed Natural Gas
• Liquid Natural Gas
• Liquid Petroleum Gas
• Light & Heavy Duty Vehicles
• Electric Vehicle Technology
Estimated Cost of Program
- Associate of Science Degree in Alternative Fuels: $4,490
- Certificate in Alternative Fuels: $1,894
The Associate of Science in Alternative Fuels & Advanced Transportation Technology degree has been accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering for the time period of November 2016 – November 2020.
Auto Technicians must be prepared to work on all types of fuel-efficient vehicles. With the emphasis on reducing emissions and reducing our dependence on foreign oil supplies, we must develop new methods of powering our vehicles. Light/medium duty gaseous-fueled vehicles are available from the manufacturers and the aftermarket industry now.
Gaseous Fuels are not new, but the fuel metering systems have become very sophisticated in order to meet California’s emissions requirements. Fuel metering systems include Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Hydrogen, Methanol, and others. Alternative fuel vehicles are available at local dealer showrooms and require that technicians be well versed in the complex computerized systems on today’s automobiles. Technicians must understand the relationship between the networked gaseous fuels computer, and the computerized engine management system on the vehicle.
The economic outlook for technicians in this area is excellent. All major fleets and vehicle manufacturers are looking for technicians with knowledge of proper safe operation and maintenance procedures. Technicians will diagnose and repair alternative fueled vehicles, using the latest in computer skills and electronic testing equipment. The demand for trained technicians is here!