NBF Partners with Hero BX and Erie County Technical School to fund Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians Training Program

Nov 10, 2015


Contact: Kaleb Little, 800-841-5849

November 4, 2015

Training program to bring auto technicians up to speed on biodiesel

Event at Erie County Technical School helps area mechanics learn about increasingly mainstream fuel

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rising to the challenge of building cars with better fuel economy, many auto companies are turning to diesel technology as a highly fuel efficient and clean option. More diesel vehicles on the road will likely mean more usage of biodiesel, and educators want to help mechanics understand how biodiesel works in diesel engines as the alternative fuel becomes more mainstream.

To that end, Erie County Technical School will host a Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians training class on Thursday, Nov. 5. It is an Automotive Service Excellence-certified training program and qualifies for continuing education credits. The course will take place:

11:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 5
Erie County Technical School
8500 Oliver Road, Erie, PA

Steve Howell, president of MARC-IV consulting, will teach the course. Under Howell’s leadership, the Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians program received ASE accreditation. Since its founding, the program has served as a model for a number of other organizations across the country.

“In 2015, we’ve seen close to 50 clean diesel car, truck and SUV models available at dealerships,” said Howell, who also serves as chairman of the ASTM task force on U.S. biodiesel standards. “The majority of those vehicles are approved for blends of at least 20 percent biodiesel. Since mechanics are a primary source of information to consumers, we want to make sure they have knowledge of how biodiesel works in a diesel engine to give fact-based advice to their customers.”

Today’s diesel engines deliver up to 40 percent better fuel economy than their gasoline counterparts and are just as clean, Howell noted. According to the Department of Energy, engines manufactured in 2010 and later have to meet the same emissions standards, whether running on biodiesel, diesel, gasoline or any alternative fuel.

Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from agricultural byproducts and co-products. It can be used in any diesel engine in blends of up to 20 percent (B20).

The biodiesel course offers the latest information about:

  • Auto and equipment maker support for biodiesel
  • Fuel quality
  • Service requirements
  • Impacts on technology found on new diesel engines

Local biodiesel producer HERO BX is also offering participants a tour of the company’s Erie plant, one of the largest in the country. With a vision to help revitalize Erie’s rich manufacturing heritage, CEO Pat Black III founded HERO BX in 2006. It was his ideology to build a company that would create meaningful jobs, spur technological innovation, and produce eco-friendly products. Today, 

HERO BX is among the United States leading biodiesel refiners, creating innovative jobs and manufacturing fuels that help satisfy the country’s thirst for alternative energy.

This training is sponsored by HERO BX, Erie County Technical School and the National Biodiesel Foundation.


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