Race Car Technology

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)-Day
  • AAS Program: 5 semesters, including 1 summer
  • Admission Cycle: Fall semester
  • Maximum Number Admitted Annually: 20

Career Description

An engine technician would perform the various machining processes, assemble the engine and test the performance on an engine dynamometer. A fabricator would be responsible for constructing race car chassis and body and smaller components such as control arms, oil tanks, crush panels and mounts. Other aspects of the racing industry include transmission and rear gear specialist as well as “on the road” duties perhaps, as an engine tuner or over-the-wall pit crew member.

Careers Available

Cup racing teams, fabrication shops, engine shops, sports marketing, major race equipment suppliers, racing parts manufacturers, self-employment, and working on a contract basis are options.

Entry-Level Salary

  • $30,000 – $50,000/yr.

Course of Study

Students will take courses covering welding and cutting processes including MIG and TIG welding, race engine preparation, chassis fabrication, machine shop processes and race car set-up procedures.

Recommended Courses and Skills

Mechanical aptitude, analytical ability and manual dexterity.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Ability to work as a team member, pride in work, patience and sense of humor.

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Race Car Technology Program, contact Randy Butner, Program Coordinator, at 336.757.3247 or rbutner@forsythtech.edu, or John Lain, Instructor, at 336.734.7534, or jlain@forsythtech.edu.