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AOS Degree - Code #1619

Bradley Smith, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
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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.


  • 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 of, diagnose, and repair race automotive drive train systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation of, diagnose, and repair race engines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation of, 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 83 percent – 83 percent are employed.

Related Programs

Autobody Repair
Automotive Service Technician
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Welding Technology

Required Tools/Equipment

A list of required tools, equipment, PPE, etc. for all of the programs mentioned above can be found at

A tier 1 laptop computer is required for students entering this degree program. Laptop specifications are available at  

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards

It is essential that students in this degree program are able to participate fully and safely, with or without reasonable accommodation, in all classroom and laboratory experiences required for completion of the program.  Students in this degree program should be able to:

  1. Lift 50 pounds to industry standard automotive lift height
  2. Effectively communicate with a person six (6) to ten (10) feet away.
  3. Visually decipher small images on a monitor or digital display.
  4. Distinguish sounds associated with mechanical failures.
  5. Comprehend written information found in service repair resources.
  6. Possess a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
  7. Function in a safe manner, not placing themselves, faculty, staff, other students, or property in jeopardy.
  8. Appropriately and safely use standard laboratory equipment, materials, and instrumentation to include possession of fine motor skills and mobility.

Certification Or Licensure

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

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Motorsports Technology - AOS Degree



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


AUTO 3409 Engine Service 9
AUTO 4449 Drive Train Service 9


AUTO 3506 Introduction to Motorsports 6
AUTO 3504 Motorsport Fabrication I 4
AUTO 3545 Motorsport Fabrication II 5
AUTO 3514 Racing Suspension Dynamics 4


AUTO 3535 Hgh Prfmnce Engine Building 5
AUTO 3544 Motorsports Aerodynamics 4
AUTO 3534 Hgh Permnce Sterng/Bks/Chasis 4
AUTO 3524 Hgh Prfmnce Tune-up/Electrncs 4


A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in major courses.