The Alternative Fuels Technician Associate of Science Degree and the Certificate of Achievement at Rio Hondo College are both approved for transfer by the State of California Chancellor’s Office.
The Rio Hondo College Alternative Fuel Program is the leader in the area for delivering training that consists of the following:
Alternative fuels and vehicles are here to stay and we better prepare to work on them. With the emphasis on reducing emissions and reducing our dependence on foreign oil supplies, we must develop new methods of powering our vehicles. Light/medium duty gaseous fueled vehicles are available from the manufacturers and the aftermarket industry now.
The economic outlook for technicians in this area is excellent. All major fleets and vehicle manufacturers are looking for technicians with knowledge in the legal and safe operation and maintenance. Technicians will diagnose and repair alternative fueled vehicles, using the latest in computer skills and electronic testing equipment. Pressurized storage cylinder and the demand for trained technicians is here!
AUTO 147 Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology
Transfers to: CSU
This course explores the use of Hybrid and Electric power for vehicle transportation. Topics will include safety when using high voltage, maintenance, drivability, inverter power transfer, battery technologies, hydrogen electric power, and fuel cell technology. Physics of battery storage, Hybrid generation systems, Electric vehicle applications and their integrated systems from many manufactures will be discussed. This course is suitable for student’s entering into alternative fuels or power generation and energy technology field.
AUTO 260 Advanced Hybrid/Electric Vehicle
This course continues the study of the use and service of Hybrid Electronic generation and Plug-in Battery Electric power for vehicle transportation. The course is not for beginner technicians. Topics will include: OSHA/NEC/NFPA safety when using high voltage, vehicle maintenance, drivability conditions, inverter power transfer, battery storage technologies, regeneration of electrical power from kinetic energy, Level I, Level II, Level II battery charging and fuel cell technology. Dynamics of battery storage, Hybrid generation systems, Electric vehicle applications and their integrated systems from many manufactures will be discussed. High-Voltage battery management systems including active/passive design to charging systems will be primary focus of this course. This course is for student’s working in the Hybrid and Electric vehicle, power engineering and technology field.