Mooresville NASCAR Automotive Technology Schools
Mooresville, NC, is about 30 miles north of Charlotte, NASCAR's unofficial capital city. Several technical schools in the area offer auto technology courses that focus on stock cars. This article highlights two institutions' coursework and labs available through their training programs. Take a look at a table of stats about the profiled schools in addition to some details on a few other education options in the area.
- Located in Winston-Salem, roughly 44 miles from central Mooresville, Forsyth Technical Community College has an associate's degree program in race car technology that features small classes taught in a state-of-the-art automotive technology center.
- NASCAR Technical Institute, a for-profit school just under a mile from Mooresville's downtown area, gives students a sound foundation in general automotive technology. It offers several diploma-level programs focused on NASCAR technology.
Comparison of Schools
The featured schools offer varying campus settings, enrollment figures and -- perhaps particularly important to many students -- tuition costs. Learn about these and several other facts in the table below.
|Forsyth Technical Community College||NASCAR Technical Institute|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; private for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||7,756*||1,188*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Large Suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2017-2018||$2,143 in-state; $6,751 out-of-state*||$40,900*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)||72%*||98%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017)||60% for full-time students*||68% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who started 2014-15)||17%*||59%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Forsyth Technical Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem is the only school in the area to offer a degree in race car technology. The race car technology program is offered through the engineering technologies division and only admits 20 students annually.
AAS in Race Car Technology
In five semesters of study, students learn the basics of building and maintaining race cars and trucks. Courses include welding, electrical systems, transmissions and race engine preparation. In addition to studying mechanics, students take courses in humanities or fine arts, computers, psychology, communication and math.
NASCAR Technical Institute
Students at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville learn to work on foreign and domestic cars through the 42-week automotive technology course. They can then enroll in electives for training as various types of NASCAR technicians.
Automotive Technology & NASCAR Technology Diplomas for Pit Crews
This 63-week, 88.5-credit program includes lecture and lab hours. The three-course program delves into automotive repair, power trains, breaks and electronic diagnostics. In the pit crew course, students examine safety concerns, race-day prep, tire handling and pit stop choreography. Aspiring pit crew members can also add 20.5 additional credits of coursework on Ford systems to their program.
Automotive Technology Diplomas for NASCAR Engines I & II
In this program, students complete 1,440 clock hours through three courses. The NASCAR engines course investigates techniques for building a race car, such as NASCAR rules, camshaft selection, race-day longevity, lubrication and adjustments made on the track. A 63-week program is also available that includes 450 hours of coursework in Ford systems, as well as a 57-week program that includes 270 hours of coursework in Nissan systems.
Automotive Technology & NASCAR Technology Diploma: Nissan
This program includes 91.5 credits of lecture and lab hours in automotive technology, fabrication and engines, along with a Nissan elective. The Nissan elective includes coursework in engines, electrical systems and drivetrains.
While they don't offer courses in NASCAR technology, several other schools in the Mooresville area do have programs in automotive technology, such as Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, about 20 miles from Mooresville, Gaston College, approximately 27 miles from Mooresville, and Catawba Valley Community College, nearly 32 miles from Mooresville.