Tech Talks

These 60-minute, web-based training workshops focus on specific NGV and fueling safety and maintenance issues. Each Tech Talk will include a presentation by one or more of NGVi’s trainers, technical tips, and real-life examples, followed by a question-and-answer session.

DATE/TIME
TECH TALKS & PRESENTERS

March 2, 2017
11:30 a.m. PT

When There’s No Fault Code: Diagnosing Cummins Natural Gas Engine Performance Issues

When heavy-duty natural gas trucks exhibit performance issues, including low power, the causes often do not set a fault code, and the technician doesn’t know where to begin to solve the problem.  In this Tech Talk, NGVi’s expert trainers Gordon Larsen and Bill Marchetti will discuss the three main causes for low power in Cummins natural gas engines and how to diagnose them. 

Presenters:

Gordon Larsen

Bill Marchetti


 

Moderator:
Annalloyd Thomason


$69 by 2/17, $99 after 2/17

REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 27


March 30, 2017
11:30 a.m. PT

When, Why and How to Conduct a CNG Fueling Station Safety Evaluation

Codes require numerous safety systems at CNG fueling stations—like Emergency Shut-Down Devices (ESDs), methane detection systems, breakaway hoses and others.  However, installation of these systems alone is not the only step to ensure safe fueling. A periodic safety evaluation tests and evaluates the proper operation and function of all CNG fueling station safety systems and should be part of every CNG fueling station Operation and Maintenance plan.  In this Tech Talk, NGVi’s co-founder and CNG fueling expert Leo Thomason will share when, why and how to conduct a CNG fueling station safety evaluation that will ensure safe fueling.

Presenter:

Leo Thomason


 

Moderator:
Annalloyd Thomason


$69 by 3/16, $99 after 3/16


REGISTRATION CLOSES MARCH 27


June 1, 2017
11:30 a.m. PT

CNG Fuel System Inspections: Special Considerations for Large Belly-Mount CNG Cylinders

As CNG cylinders for heavy-duty vehicles have increased in size, today’s natural gas vehicles are capable of storing more fuel and traveling farther between fill ups.  However, larger cylinders—especially belly-mounted cylinders found in saddle-mount applications—present special challenges for CNG fuel system inspectors.  This is because larger cylinders have increased capacity for expanding and contracting and there are structural effects on gaskets, mounting brackets and bolts.  In this Tech Talk, NGVi’s expert trainers Gordon Larsen and Bill Marchetti will share what to look for when inspecting large CNG cylinders to ensure your vehicles are safe, and what to do if you discover potentially unsafe conditions. 

Presenters:

Gordon Larsen

Bill Marchetti


 

Moderator:
Annalloyd Thomason


$69 by 5/18, $99 after 5/18

REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 29

September 7, 2017
11:30 a.m. PT

Reducing Downtime: Understanding and Managing Spark Plugs and Coils in CNG Vehicles

Natural gas is harder to ignite in both light-duty and heavy-duty engines, and this puts a lot of stress on secondary ignition components. If the right spark plugs are not used, or spark plugs are not properly gapped, they can fail early—and when this happens, coils, extensions and/or wires also have to be replaced—adding significantly to maintenance costs for CNG vehicles.  In this Tech Talk, NGVi’s expert trainers Gordon Larsen and Bill Marchetti will discuss the factors affecting plugs and coils and specific strategies to maximize their life. 

Presenters:

Gordon Larsen

Bill Marchetti


 

Moderator:
Annalloyd Thomason


$69 by 8/24, $99 after 8/24

REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 4

September 14, 2017
11:30 a.m. PT
Required by Code: The CNG Fueling Station Maintenance Plan

Recent changes to CNG fueling station codes and standards require that every CNG fueling station have a written Maintenance Plan.  Every Maintenance Plan should have standard content, including component manufacturer maintenance and repair guidelines, testing and recertification frequency, diagnostic information and more.  In this Tech Talk, NGVi’s co-founder and CNG fueling station expert Leo Thomason will describe the code requirements for a Maintenance Plan, as well as detail the Maintenance Plan content, who should be accountable for the plan and how to keep it up to date.

Presenter:

Leo Thomason

 

Moderator:
Annalloyd Thomason


$69 by 8/31, $99 after 8/31

REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 11

November 2, 2017
11:30 a.m. PT

How to Minimize Costly Oil Carryover Fallout for Cummins Engines

Oil carryover from CNG fueling stations continues to be an industry problem, even for newer stations that either do not have the correct equipment or may not be properly maintained. Oil carryover in the CNG fuel stream creates costly problems for Cummins heavy-duty natural gas engines that traditional diesel technicians are not experienced with diagnosing or preventing.  Oil carryover problems include contamination of sensors, regulators, filters, and catalytic converters, in addition to major engine component failures—all of which can cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars.  In this Tech Talk, NGVi’s expert trainers Gordon Larsen and Bill Marchetti will discuss how to identify oil carryover problems in Cummins engines, and will present maintenance and diagnostic strategies to prevent damaging effects on engines.

Presenters:

Gordon Larsen

Bill Marchetti


 

Moderator:
Annalloyd Thomason


$69 by 10/19, $99 after 10/19

REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 30



 



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Upcoming Training

 

Level 1: NGV Essentials
and Safety Practices

March 7, 2017
Sacramento, CA

Level 2: CNG Fuel System
Inspector Training

March 8-9, 2017
Sacramento, CA

Level 1: NGV Essentials
and Safety Practices

March 28, 2017
Charlotte, NC

Level 2: CNG Fuel System
Inspector Training

March 29-30, 2017
Charlotte, NC

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April 10-11, 2017
Egg Harbor, NJ

Level 2: CNG Fuel System
Inspector Training

April 12-13, 2017
Egg Harbor, NJ

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Design Training

April 24-25, 2017
Spring Valley, NV

CNG Fueling Station Operation
and Maintenance Training

April 26-27, 2017
Spring Valley, NV

 

 

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