LBW Community College offers only CNG repair classes in Alabama

July 27, 2018. Lurleen B Wallace Community College’s diesel and heavy equipment mechanics program is the only two-year college program in Alabama currently offering instruction on repair of compressed natural gas (CNG) engines to meet the evolving needs of the trucking industry, according to officials.

   “In June, UPS (United Parcel Service) announced it is ordering 730 CNG vehicles and building five additional domestic CNG fueling stations,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel. “We are currently the only college in Alabama prepared to meet the changing needs of the industry by training students to maintain and repair these types of engines.”

   “As more and more delivery and transportation fleets transition to alternative CNG engines, LBWCC’s program graduates will be qualified to fill industry employment needs for maintenance and repair. This is a great example of how LBWCC’s technical program training stays current with the needs of industry,” said Riedel.

   LBWCC expanded diesel and heavy equipment mechanics training on the MacArthur Campus in Opp to a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree program, which includes seven credit hours of natural gas engine repair courses in addition to 22 credit hours of transferrable general education courses. Total credit hours required for the degree in this program is 71.