Alternative Fuels education

Auto 142 Alternative Fuels II

Time and Date meeting: Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 to 9:00pm

Classroom T-118

Instructor: Professor John Frala

Office hours one half hour before class, or by arrangement

Total Hours: 4 Units/54 Hours Lecture, 54 Hours Lab, CRN#75042

Text: James Halderman

Hybrid & Alternative Fuel Vehicles 4th Edition, 2016

ISBN: 978-01-33512120

Tools required:

(See suggested tool list)

DVOM is suggested

Basic hand tool set

Course Description


This is the second course on alternative fuel systems used to power modern vehicles. Emphasis will be placed on installation, diagnostic procedures, laptop computers, and computer monitoring of Compressed Natural gas (CNG), and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) systems. The application of other alternative fuels such as Hydrogen, LPG, Bio Fuels, etc will also be covered. Students will also develop skills that interface with modern technology computer based automotive electronic and network controls. SAE and CAN network control systems will also be covered. This course is designed for the experienced technician working in the field of stationary power engines, transportation and clean energy fuels seeking to improve skills related to the installation and repair of gaseous fuels.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.   Upon successful completion of this course the student will explain the sources and processing of hydrocarbon gaseous fuels.

2.    Upon successful completion of this course the student will list the major alternative fuels currently or soon to be in use.

3.    Upon successful completion of this course the student will describe the benefits and drawbacks to each fuel.

4.    Upon successful completion of this course the student will demonstrate the concepts of pressure, density, and volume in describing, measuring, and handling gaseous fuels.

5.    Upon successful completion of this course the student will describe the four-stroke Otto cycle and describe combustion

6.    Upon successful completion of this course the student will identify the components of a natural gas fuel system and explain how each operates

7.    Upon successful completion of this course the student will demonstrate personal and shop safety procedures

8.    Upon successful completion of this course the student will list the major polices and regulations pertaining to natural gas fuel vehicles.


I. Format and Procedures: 

This is a complexed course that covers the history and development of the High Pressure/ compressed gaseous fuel systems used in vehicle transportation and ground power generation. It will require reading and documentation of work performed. ALL laboratory assignments are to be completed using NATEF standards. Students will be required to perform work on high-pressure systems that require extreme safety procedures to be adhered to.

II. My Assumptions as your instructor:

I am assuming that students will come to class fully prepared to complete tasks with fundamental electronic/electrical skills that are required for component testing. Students are required to be professionally dressed and act according to professional standards.

III. Course Requirements, (this is a 142 level course): 

·         Students are required to have basic tools for the lab

·         Students must respect other students tools

·         Students must clock in for any lab credit

IV. Class attendance and participation policy:

Minimum Required for a “C”:  The student must have at the end of the course a minimum of 70% of the total points possible.  Points will be given for:

·         Rio Hondo approved uniform

·         Attendance and correct time card submitted

·         Successfully completing the compressed gas safety test

·         Completed Assignments

·         Class Participation

·         Quizzes and Tests

·         NATEF Task List completion

V. Academic Integrity

Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Rio Hondo College Code of Academic Integrity, AP 5520, .  Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work.

You are encouraged to study together and to discuss information and concepts covered in lecture and the sections with other students enrolled in this course. You can give "consulting" help to or receive "consulting" help from such students. However, this permissible cooperation should never involve one student having possession of a copy of all or part of work done by someone else, in the form of an e-mail, an e-mail attachment file, or a hard copy.



Should copying occur, both the student who copied work from another student and the student who gave material to be copied will both automatically receive a zero for the assignment/Lab. Penalty for violation of this Code can also be extended to include failure of the course and University disciplinary action.

During examinations, you must do your own work. Talking or discussion is not permitted during the examinations, you may not compare papers, copy from others, or collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behavior during the examinations will result in failure of the exam, and may lead to failure of the course and college disciplinary action.

VI. Accommodations for students with disabilities

In compliance with the Rio Hondo College policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for student with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first week of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made. Students are encouraged to contact Disabled Student Program & Services to verify their eligibility for appropriate accommodations.

VII. Inclusivity Statement

We understand that our students represent a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Automotive/Alternative Fuels program/department is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity. While working together to build this community we ask all students to:

Course Materials & Required Materials


If a student requires special needs for learning, it is their obligation to inform the instructor. Special needs include, but not limited to, closed captioned video or disabled student assistance. The instructor assumes no responsibility in assessment of students’ needs. You must inform the instructor if you are under a licensed doctor’s care, or if taking any medications that could impair your ability to operate equipment and/or machinery. Failure to do so is a reason for the instructor to drop you from the class at any time.


There is no parking in the lab area without prior approval from the Instructor and Tool room Manager. All vehicles in the lab area must have a written repair order in the vehicle at all times. Only vehicles that belong to the students enrolled in the course are allowed in the lab area, unless prior arrangements have been made in writing with the Instructor’s approval.


Basic tools are required for this course. This will be part of your grade. It may be to your advantage (you will save time) to bring a basic tool set for scheduled lab exercises. All specialty tools may be checked out by tool room personal.


You will be assigned a school vehicle for your lab work. These vehicles are not to be destroyed while completing your tasks. If a part is broken you must report this to the instructor. Any student caught REMOVEING trim or destroying the vehicle will be charged to correct the issue. Writing on dusty vehicles will conclude in you washing vehicles instead of doing lab assignments.



All students enrolled in this class must wear approved attire while in class and in the shop. All students entering the lab will have a time card on file and safety glasses.

Dark Blue Dickie’s type of work shirt and long pants are mandatory to enter shop.


LOGO and name can be purchased at:

Lee's Lettering & Embroidering of La Puente

1060 S Hacienda Blvd, La Puente, CA 91744
(626) 330-8718


This is tentative schedule, designed to inform only. Instructor reserves the right to modify or change to accommodate the needs of the class as required. Homework is to be emailed to before due date.

Expectations and Goals


Attendance=If you miss more than 2 classes, or are late more than 3 classes you will be dropped from the course, unless you have made other arrangements with the Instructor in advance regarding a planned absence. Attendance is mandatory on 08/22/2016.

Minimum Required for a “C”:

The student must have at the end of the semester 70% of the total points possible. Points will be given for:


Final Grades and evaluation are based upon the following criteria:


Week one: 8/22 &24

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

1.    Overview of several alternative fuels

2.    Shop safety using compressed fuels

3.    Shop safety using cryogenic fuels

4.    Fuel cell and hydrogen

5.    Safety testing

Week two: 8/29 & 31

Alternative fuel vehicle standards

1.    Clean Air Act of 1996

2.    California Energy Act

3.    DOT Regulations

4.    NFPA 52

5.    NFPA 59

6.    CGA C-6.4

Homework: TBD

Week Three: 9/5 & 7

Quiz 1

Pressure, Temperature, and Density

1.    Gas control

2.    Hands-on Practice

3.    Live vehicle demonstration

Week Four: 9/12 & 14

Pressure, Temperature, and Density

1.    Gas control

2.    Hands-on Practice

3.    Work sheet on vehicle

Week Five: 9/19 & 21

Quiz 2

Properties of Gaseous Fuels

1. Chemical and Physical properties

2. Tank storage types

Homework: TBD

Week Six: 9/26 & 28

1.    Combustion and Engine design

2.    Four-Stroke Otto Cycle

3.    Air-Fuel Mixtures

4.    Lean-Burn technology

Week Seven: 10/3 & 5

1.    Bio fuel components

2.    Manufacturing Bio fuels

3.    On-board storage bio-fuel

Week Eight: 10/10 & 12

Mid-term testing

Hands on and lab identification

Week Nine: 10/17 &19

1.            New power generation

2.            John Deere 4 cyl project

Week Ten: 10/24 & 26

1.            Generator diagnosis

2.            Briggs & Station CNG engine

Homework: TBD

Week Eleven: 10/31 & 11/2

Quiz 3

  1. Hybrid system elements in Heavy Duty applications

Homework: TBD

Week Twelve: 11/7 & 9

  1. Vehicle installation standards based on high-voltage

Week Thirteen: 11/14 & 16

  1. Start of Auto Gas install projects

Week Fourteen: 11/21

  1. Continue projects and holiday

Week Fifteen: 11/ 28 & 30

  1. Final install of projects

Week Sixteen: 12/5

  1. Final demonstration of Auto Gas project.
  2. 12/7 Final testing