UTI partnership helps NBB educate thousands of diesel techs

By NBB | July 15, 2011

The term “grease monkey” has new meaning, thanks to a National Biodiesel Board training program in partnership with Universal Technical Institute. Future diesel technicians are learning about biodiesel, made from recycled grease, and its many other diverse feedstocks.

The partnership between NBB and UTI, the nation’s leading provider of entry-level technicians to the transportation industry, has taught more than 300 instructors about how biodiesel works with existing diesel technology. 

“People listen to their automotive technicians, and if there is an information gap there, techs are not likely to recommend biodiesel to their customers,” said Rachel Burton, who leads NBB’s Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians program. “Instructors say that a lot of their students come into the classroom thinking biodiesel is just fryer grease. But they leave with a much deeper understanding.”

The program has had a partnership with UTI since 2009. In June, Burton led training for the last of UTI’s 10 campuses, in Dallas. Burton is working with UTI on integrating biodiesel into the formal diesel curriculum. She also leads training with other auto-diesel training organizations.

The NBB’s leadership in this effort has multiplied. Other states are replicating the program on a local level. In Iowa, the Iowa Biodiesel Board received a grant to conduct similar trainings. The NBB and Iowa Soybean Association have supported the IBB program in an effort to reach even more diesel technicians. NBB hopes to partner with other states with biodiesel incentives to provide credible technical information to the diesel service industry.

For more on biodiesel, including additional training opportunities for OEMs and dealers, visit www.biodieselautomotive.org/.   

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