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Advanced Diesel Technology Could Cut Fuel Costs by 20%

Diesel Truck TrainingAdvanced diesel technology could lower the cost of fueling tractor-trailers by up to 20 percent by 2020, according to a new report from the National Research Council. New aerodynamic designs could add another 11 percent to fuel efficiency during the same period, the report suggests.

The report was written in response to a congressional law requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish fuel economy goals for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. These vehicles consume about a quarter of all transportation fuel in the U.S.

Other key findings in the report include:

  • For trucks that make frequent stops, such as buses and waste collection trucks, hybrid powertrains could lower fuel costs by as much as 35 percent over 10 years.
  • Driving training programs could add another 2 to 17 percent to overall fuel savings.
  • Regulators are advised to look at engine efficiency not just in miles per gallon, but in terms of goods and/or passengers carried over distance, e.g. gallons/ton per mile.
  • A new fuel tax or cap-and-trade system should be used to give businesses the incentive to optimize their fuel efficiency.
  • Already, truck makers such as Peterbilt® and Kenworth® are producing new truck models with improved aerodynamics designed to boost fuel efficiency. Advanced diesel engines are being developed by virtually all the major auto and truck makers.

Advanced Diesel Training Offered at WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming

If you are interested in a career in diesel technology, advanced diesel training is available at WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming. The Advanced Diesel Technology specialty is available as part of WyoTech’s Diesel Technology career training program, a nine-month long program that prepares students for entry-level positions in automotive and truck repair and maintenance facilities nationwide.

Students in the Advanced Diesel specialty work on Peterbilt and Kenworth heavy-duty trucks and learn to inspect, repair and perform preventive maintenance.

Students study:

  • Model identification and warranty
  • Windshield removal and replacement
  • Kenworth and Peterbilt systems
  • Air systems
  • Hood and door adjustments
  • Starting and charging systems
  • Fan clutch
  • Front-ends
  • Brakes
  • Rockwell and Eaton ABS
  • Federal brake inspection
  • Detroit and Cummins electronics

Upon graduation, students can take advantage of WyoTech’s Career Services department, which offers support in finding and contacting potential employers as well as resume preparation, interviewing techniques and other essential job hunting skills.

About the Laramie Campus

Founded in 1966, WyoTech’s Laramie, Wyo. campus now occupies 298,000 square feet, including a 123,000 square-foot diesel/street rod facility. The school’s instructors are seasoned industry professionals who are eager to share their experiences, insights and advice.

For More Information

For more information about WyoTech’s Advanced Diesel Technology specialty program and other automotive career training programs, contact WyoTech’s Laramie campus today!

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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