Schools for Aspiring NASCAR Technicians: How to Choose

NASCAR technicians work on pit crews to increase the performance of racing cars. Those interested in the professional racing sector of automobile maintenance can enroll in certificate, associate or bachelor's degree programs in automotive technology.

NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) technicians are automotive technicians who maintain, troubleshoot and repair racing cars. Colleges, universities and technical institutes across the U.S. offer automotive technology certificate, associate and bachelor's degree programs.

Schools With Automotive Technology Programs

The following schools offer automotive technology programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Austin Community College District Austin, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate
$2,550 In-district
$9,210 In-state
$11,340 Out-of-state
Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, Idaho 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's $2,753 In-state
$8,875 Out-of-state
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate
$2,805 In-state
$9,450 Out-of-state
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, California 2-year, Public Certificate
$1,220 In-state
$6,810 Out-of-state
Houston Community College Houston, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate
$1,632 In-district
$3,360 In-state
$3,756 Out-of-state
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, Indiana 2-year, Public Certificate
$4,115 In-state
$7,992 Out-of-state
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate
$1,504 In-district
$3,184 In-state
$3,544 Out-of-state
Utah Valley University Orem, Utah 4-year, Public Diploma
$5,386 In-state
$15,202 Out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Aspiring NASCAR technicians have a variety of programs to choose from. Considerations for students in this field:

  • Aspiring automotive technicians should look for programs that incorporate additional credentials into the curricula, such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications.
  • Many programs allow students to customize their education through electives, such as high-performance engines, collision repair and drive-ability diagnosis.
  • Looks for programs with hands-on laboratories in which students can work on a project car in class.
  • Some programs provide tools for students, while others require students to purchase their own at significant cost.

Certificate in Automotive Technology

Ranging from 32-48 weeks, certificate programs are typically offered through community and technical colleges. Certificate programs don't usually require general education courses, concentrating only on automotive topics. Some programs have manufacturer-specific training, including courses in Ford and Nissan cars.

Associate's Degree in Automotive Technology

Automotive topics at this level include engine disassembly and automotive computers. Because pit crew technicians work in a team, students will likely benefit from general education courses in communication and math application. To graduate, students must pass eight automotive ASE exams. Due to frequent crashes in car racing, aspiring NASCAR technicians will likely benefit from programs that offer a concentration in collision repair.

Bachelor's Degree in Automotive Technology

Bachelor's degree programs in automotive technology often include courses in management and customer service. This degree option may be ideal for those looking to advance to managerial positions or open their own business. In addition to automotive technology courses, students may be required to conduct research in the automotive industry.

Aspiring NASCAR technicians have a variety of automotive technology programs available to them at the certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree levels. These programs offer training in areas such as engine repair, electrical systems, painting, structural analysis and business management.

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