Teaching Technicians

A National Biodiesel Board program educates future mechanics
By Erin Voegele | July 15, 2011

A partnership between the NBB and the Universal Technical Institute has trained more than 300 diesel instructors on how biodiesel works with existing diesel technology. Those instructors then pass on the invaluable information to their students, helping to dispel myths about the fuel. 

“I've found that students are very curious about biodiesel, but they come in with misinformation,” says Jason Mosler, an instructor and technical team leader at UTI.  “They think that it's fryer grease, that you can make it in your backyard. When we can clear the air on those misconceptions and explain what commercial biodiesel really is, their eyes are opened.”

Providing accurate information to students ultimately helps ensure they will be equipped to answer future customers’ questions about the fuel. Moser says this is important because biodiesel is likely to be a part of any diesel technician’s future.

“People listen to their automotive technicians, and if there is an information gap there, techs are not likely to recommend biodiesel to their customers,” says Rachel Burton, who leads NBB's Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians program.

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