Bill McGlinchey

Mr. McGlinchey has over thirty years of technical automotive experience, the last twenty dedicated to alternative fuels.  His work has focused on training, teaching, and most recently, alternative fuels curriculum development, and project management.  He retired from West Virginia University in June of 2002.  He offers alternative fuel services internationally with successful contracts in France, Asia, the Philippines, Nigeria and South America.  

He served as Facility Manager for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University for almost ten years.  His background has been primarily in aftermarket conversions and in that capacity he served on the American Gas Association’s original NGV-3 task force to establish automotive conversion system standards and, more recently, the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition’s NGV-2 Taskforce on cylinder inspection certification.  He also serves with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) to help develop alternative fuel technician and training program certification (F-1).  He has several published articles and papers for journals such as Natural Gas Fuels and the Society of Automotive Engineers.   Prior to teaching at WVU he was active in the private sector as Director of Technical Services for Metropane, Inc. (a CNG conversion company in Columbus, OH and New York, NY) and with National Energy Services Company, which was one of the first AFV ‘kit’ suppliers in the U.S. 

He has an extensive automotive background with conventional fuels prior to converting (pardon the pun) to alternative fuels.  He was an automotive trainer for Allen Testproducts (now SPX Corporation) specializing in national fleet account sales and service.  He has taught in both private and public schools and obtained an Ohio teaching certificate in 1985.  He received patents for several engineering designs at Combustion Engineering Inc. and Western Electric before starting his own conversion company in the 1970’s.  His formal education was in Industrial Engineering at Ohio State University.  And last, but not least, he practices what he preaches and has had over 250,000 miles on his personal vehicles, a natural gas Ford van, a Nissan 300ZX running on propane and a Bradley GT electric vehicle conversion.

Course Title:   Operator Introduction to Natural Gas Vehicles

Description: Safety is the most critical training need for NGV drivers and mechanics because of their daily contact with the fuel delivery system, storage and fueling equipment.  This half-day course trains drivers and fleet personnel how to safely drive, fuel and maintain today’s natural gas vehicles.  Drivers will receive detailed training on the safe operation of dispensing equipment and safety systems located at the fueling station and on vehicles.  Operators receive in-depth instruction regarding safe practices, fire safety systems located at the maintenance facility, the fueling station and on NGVs, as well as safe operation of natural gas dispensing equipment.

Course Title:    CNG Fuel System Inspection

Description:  This day and a half course is designed to train students in the proper procedures to visually inspect CNG fuel systems from high pressure cylinders through the 1st stage regulator.  It covers cylinder identification, installation, General and Detailed Visual Inspections, proper venting (de-fueling), disposal and documentation.  It is intended to raise the reliability of the industry and confidence of the general public in the safe handling and maintenance of high pressure natural gas storage systems.  Upon completion students should be prepared to take the CSA certification exam.

Course Title:    NGV System Integration and Conversion for Technicians       

Description:  This three day course is designed to train students in the theory and operation of Natural Gas Vehicles and the integration of natural gas fuel systems to existing gasoline or diesel platforms.  It will provide detailed technical, component level, information and background to automotive engineers, technicians and service providers.  It is intended to prepare students to take the ASE F-1 CNG Certification test.  Emphasis is placed on safety concerns and the environmental impact of switching to an alternative fuel. The course is not intended to replace manufacturer specific training nor does it present itself as authorized factory representatives.

Course Title:   CNG 101

Description: If you are new to natural gas vehicles, need to understand the technology and want to avoid mistakes made by others in the past; this course is a must for you. In just a half day, you will understand natural gas vehicles and fueling and how they can be successfully incorporated into your fleet.   This course in natural gas vehicles and fueling covers all the need-to-know information. You will learn about using natural gas as a transportation fuel, how it differs from liquid fuels and how managing a natural gas powered fleet is unique. You will learn information about the specific models of OEM vehicles available in the fleet today.

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