Alternate Fuels Technology

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The demand for technicians to service the growing number of hybrid and alternate fuel powered vehicles is increasing. This translates into job security for the alternate fuels vehicle technician.
79%

of Alternate Fuels Technology Graduates are Employed or Continuing their Education*

To reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, we must continue to substitute alternate fuels.  Consumers worldwide are steadily turning to hybrid and alternate fuel powered vehicles. The University of Northwestern Ohio is one of the original six founding members of the National Alternate Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC).  Upon satisfactory completion of the program the students will become certified by the Consortium in Natural Gas and Propane.  You have the opportunity to complete one of the most advanced programs in the country.

Each of our instructors brings real world experience to the classroom from years in the field. They’ll give you an education which provides a working knowledge of alternate fuels and their delivery systems, an understanding of the EPA regulations and legislation governing traditional and alternate fuel powered vehicles, and the installation and repair skills needed to work for future employers

The curriculum in the Alternate Fuels program includes hands-on training in the following areas:

  • Diagnosis and System Maintenance
  • Conversion kits and installation
  • Alternate fuels like: E85, electric, propane, compressed natural gas, ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen and many more
  • An extensive understanding of key components, such as: regulators, converters, lock-offs, mixers, and injectors

Important Facts:

  • 20 Students Per Class Maximum
  • 70% Hands-On Training
  • Coeducational Campus
  • Student Activities Year-Round
  • Over 20 Clubs to Join
  • Free Admittance to UNOH Indoor Athletic Complex, UNOH Athletic Events, and Limaland Motorsports Park

The University of Northwestern Ohio owns one of the largest training aid fleets in the country, which consists of alternate fuels and new technology vehicles. This fleet exposes the student to a broad spectrum of vehicles that are being used more and more by consumers worldwide.

At the end of this program students can achieve several certificates in Alternate Fuels to add to their resumes. Our world is changing.  There are millions of alternate fuel vehicles on the road.  Many US cities and states are required to have 75% of their fleet comprised of Alternate Fuel vehicles.  Currently, many students add the alternate fuels diploma to their major which will distinguish them from all other job candidates!

Wage Estimates and Job Outlook

The Alternate Fuels Technology field is a quickly emerging job market with opportunities all around the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual wage of an Automotive Service Technician and Mechanic with Alternate Fuels training is $40,720! Annual earnings range between $35,000 and $63,330 per year depending on your job title and location of employment. Also according to the BLS, there are expected to be at least 237,000 new positions available for graduating technicians in the coming years.**

*Percentages are based on surveys of our 2012-2014 academic year alternate fuel-automotive and alternate fuel-diesel diploma graduates who reported they are employed or are continuing their education within 6 months of graduation from the University of Northwestern Ohio.  There was a 67% response rate to this survey.

**U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015, www.bls.gov, viewed June 2016

Gainful Employment Information

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the following programs