SEPATEC hosts propane vehicle inspection program

June 10, 2024 By     0 Comments

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) sent instructors Elena Bennett and James Bunsey and over 10 students from various parts of the U.S. to receive training at the Southeast Propane Alliance Technical Education Center (SEPATEC) located in Graham, North Carolina.

The facility, which spans over 10,000 sq. ft., is dedicated entirely to propane training and is outfitted with training aids and equipment.

SEPATEC's 10,000-square-foot training facility is ideal for training in the latest propane products and innovations. (Photo courtesy of SEPATEC)

SEPATEC’s 10,000-sq.-ft. training facility is ideal for training in the latest propane products and innovations. (Photo courtesy of SEPATEC)

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this training here at SEPATEC,” says John Peña, SEPATEC’s director of education. “Our state-of-the-art facilities, including our classrooms, regulator lab, bulk plant facility and fully operational industrial equipment, create a perfect environment for training in all things propane, including autogas.”

The purpose of this training is to create more advocates for propane use, particularly in the automotive field. The course of instruction gives students an elevated, hands-on learning experience and more career opportunities after completion. 

The course has four lessons: Propane Fuel, Safety Considerations, Propane Vehicle Systems and Component Operation, and Vehicle Inspections. The course objectives are:

  • Understand propane autogas components, systems and operation.
  • Practice propane safety considerations.
  • Be able to use/locate info in NFPA 58 specific to on-road propane autogas systems.
  • Perform propane autogas inspections.
  • Present customers the inspection results following the RIM approach.
  • Ability to document and follow the 3 C’s of vehicle repair. 

“SEPATEC is a one-of-a-kind training facility established by the members of the Southeast Propane Alliance,” says John Jessup, president and CEO of Southeast Propane Alliance. “It provides top-notch training to individuals employed in the propane industry, utilizing the latest classroom technology, regulator labs, bulk plant facilities and fully operational industrial equipment.” 

For future training opportunities, more information may be found on the PERC website at the following link: propane.com/autogasgrantprogram/ 

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