Are Today's Automotive Technician Students Ready for the Increased Use of Ethanol Fuels: A Study of Students' Perceptions of Ethanol and the Effects of E20

Are Today's Automotive Technician Students Ready for the Increased Use of Ethanol Fuels: A Study of Students' Perceptions of Ethanol and the Effects of E20

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As the price of petroleum rises, the use of alternative fuels such as ethanol will continue to increase. As ethanol use increases, consumers are asking automotive technicians questions about the fuel. But how much do automotive technicians know about ethanol? In order to answer this question, a study was conducted to describe automotive technician students' knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of ethanol as a vehicle fuel. Automotive students were chosen because they will be tomorrow's generation of technicians who will be working on vehicles that have used ethanol fuels along with flex fuel vehicles. The students were selected from six two-year technical colleges located in southern Minnesota. The six schools were chosen because they are located in areas where ethanol use is prevalent. The study used a 33-question pencil-and-paper survey to measure 184 automotive students' perceptions of ethanol. The survey revealed that students' knowledge of ethanol is very superficial. They know well advertised terms and facts, but lack an in-depth knowledge of the fuel. Also, it was discovered that several myths about ethanol still exist. Because of the lack of knowledge on technical aspects of the fuel, it is recommended that instructors in automotive programs incorporate a one to two hour class covering ethanol fuels into their courses. The second part of this study was a review of several material compatibility studies conducted at Minnesota State University, Mankato on 20% ethanol blends. The studies were conducted on fuel system rubbers, plastics, and metals. Minnesota recently enacted a law that will require all gasoline sold in the state to contain 20% ethanol. These studies were reviewed to see if 20% ethanol, E20, will cause any vehicle fuel system problems that automotive technicians should know about. After reviewing the studies it was determined that the likelihood of fuel system problems from E20 would be very small and isolated. Even though the potential for problems was found to be low, E20 information should be incorporated into an auto program's fuel class to help students understand this fuel and prevent the spread of myths.forth by the automotive knowledge and education certification bodies such as the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) revealed that techniciansanbsp;...


Title:Are Today's Automotive Technician Students Ready for the Increased Use of Ethanol Fuels: A Study of Students' Perceptions of Ethanol and the Effects of E20
Author: Gary R. Mead
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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