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Motorsports Technology

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AOS Degree - Code #1619

Eric Wilmot, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
Email address: wilmotej@alfredstate.edu

This specialization includes 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training designed to prepare you for the exciting, fast-paced motorsports field. Our high-tech program includes brake systems, alignment procedures, electronic controls, engine overhaul, and transmission overhaul. Ever dream of learning how to work on real race vehicles alongside industry experts? A major component of our curriculum involves the fabrication and set-up of various types of these incredible machines.

Advantages

  • Students may take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.
  • First-year courses are certified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation, Inc.).
  • Students successfully completing the motorsports technology program may return for a third year (senior year) in the automotive service technician program and earn a second associate degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a focused, coherent, organized written report.
  • Perform mathematic calculations required for entry-level automotive employment.
  • Demonstrate a functional ability to read and retain/apply written instructions and specifications relevant to their work environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose, and repair race automotive drive train systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose, and repair race engines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose, and repair race automotive steering, brakes, and suspension systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to fabricate materials required to build and maintain race vehicle chassis, bodies, and components.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Alfred State motorsports technology graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program. Graduates who have credit for freshman composition, statistics, literature, history, and speech may complete the BBA program in two additional years; others may complete the BBA program in two-and-one-half years.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Chassis specialist
  • High performance motorsport technician
  • Crew foreman
  • Pit crew member
  • Engine builder
  • Transmission builder

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent ā€“ 75 percent are employed; 25 percent continued their education.

Related Programs

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards

Applicants in the motorsports technology program must meet the following physical requirements:

  1. Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.
  2. Must be able to effectively communicate with a person 6 to 10 feet away.
  3. Must be able to visually decipher small images on a monitor or digital display.
  4. Must be able to distinguish sounds associated with mechanical failures.
  5. Must be able to comprehend written information found in service repair manuals.
  6. Must have a valid motor vehicle driver's license.

Certification Or Licensure

Students may take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.

Motorsports Technology - AOS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

AUTO 1109 Brakes, Steering & Susp Sys 9
AUTO 1169 Auto Electric, Fuel & Emission 9
      18

Second

AUTO 3409 Engine Service 9
AUTO 4449 Drive Train Service 9
      18

Third

AUTO 3506 Introduction to Motorsports 6
AUTO 3504 Motorsport Fabrication I 4
AUTO 3514 Racing Suspension Dynamics 4
AUTO 3524 Hgh Prfmnce Tune-up/Electrncs 4
      18

Fourth

AUTO 3535 Hgh Prfmnce Engine Building 5
AUTO 3544 Motorsports Aerodynamics 4
AUTO 3534 Hgh Permnce Sterng/Bks/Chasis 4
AUTO 3545 Motorsport Fabrication II 5
      18

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a ā€œCā€ average.