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
|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
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, Nevada||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|| Certificate
| $2,805 In-state
|East Los Angeles College||Monterey Park, California||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,220 In-state
|Houston Community College||Houston, Texas||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,632 In-district
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, Indiana||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $4,115 In-state
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, Texas||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,504 In-district
|Utah Valley University||Orem, Utah||4-year, Public|| Diploma
| $5,386 In-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator
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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.