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Applied Technology Degree
Motorsport Vehicle Technology degree program prepares the student for an entry
level position in a racing team shop. Focus is on many forms of racing vehicles
including, sports cars, stock cars, drag cars, and open wheel cars. Students
will learn chassis set up, engine designs, brake systems, transmissions,
electrical systems, fuel systems, and fabrication skills unique to racing
vehicles. Students will also be taught precision measurement, math, and
communication skills required of professional racing team members. Graduates of
the program receive an Associate of Applied Technology Degree in Motorsports
Submit a complete application with
a nonrefundable $15 application fee
Must be at least 16 years of age
Take a placement test or submit
appropriate SAT, ACT or COMPASS test scores.
Submit official high school
transcript or GED scores. (A high school diploma or
equivalent is required for
Submit official college and/or
other postsecondary transcripts, if applicable.
Students are accepted Winter
quarter based on space availability.
Day classes only.
A competitive admission process
including competency testing and an interview is used to select applicants for
Fees for the program are $25.00 per
credit hour. Additional quarterly fees include a $25.00 activity fee, $25.00
registration fee and a $4.00 insurance fee. Books and supplies cost extra.
· For more information, please call: 770.531.6333
Vehicle Technology Internship Program
students in the Motorsports Vehicle Technology program at Lanier Technical
College are required to serve two quarters (six months) as an intern in a
motorsports related environment. During this time, they are a registered student
with the school and not an employee or their internship sponsor. They are
obligated to spend 36 hours a week as an intern. This can be a paid or unpaid
situation depending on circumstances.
sign a waiver of liability for the college and one for their internship sponsor
(sample documents are available). During this time students are covered by their
student insurance if they are participants in a plan. They are also responsible
for their uniforms and professional appearances and actions. They are graded by
their sponsor using a grading format and visits by their motorsports instructor.
The internship is meant to be a learning experience and a reality check of their desire to be in motorsports. We appreciate the opportunity that intern sponsors offer these students and hope that we can provide future employees to the industry through these realistic experiences.
MOTORSPORTS VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY
A SHORT HISTORY OF THIS UNIQUE PROGRAM
During 1999, the Panoz Racing School went through a growth spurt that meant a change from servicing 16 racing school cars, to maintaining over 50 purpose built racing vehicles for it's school and the Women's Global GT series. Added to this schedule was the addition of 20 Porsches, 20 Subaru's, and 20 Saabs for factory sponsored driving schools. To say the least, the mechanical staff was spread thin. In search of help finding trainable employees, the Panoz organization turned to the local technical school for help. They contacted Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, Georgia and inquired about appropriate trainable employees coming out of their automotive training program. It was then that they learned that the automotive training program had been closed down the previous year for a variety of reasons. They also learned that the physical facilities were still intact and the school had no immediate plans for the facility. It was then also, that the forward thinking Panoz group came up with the idea an educational partnership with the college to help train racing mechanics for their organization. The Panoz Racing School would provide the cars and equipment: Lanier Technical College would provide the facility and hire the instructor. The plan was agreed on, the facility renovated, a veteran automotive teacher/ racer/ motorsports enthusiast was hired as the lead instructor and the cars and equipment were moved in. The new instructor Bud Hughes had a plan to utilize road race cars in the shop, and to also to include circle track drag racing and open wheeled cars and teams in the program. We now vehicles representing road racing, Winston Cup, Busch, ARCA, IRL, NHRA and regional racing series.
Fast forward to the fall of 2000 and the beginning of the Motorsports Technology Program at Lanier Technical College. Where are we now? As word got out about the program, NASCAR teams, NHRA teams and Indy Car teams, as well as several motorsports sponsors and suppliers expressed interest. The facility is now equipped to teach the basics in all of these racing venues, and that is the direction that we are proceeding in. Lanier Technical College welcomes the involvement of other racing teams and divisions to strengthen the curriculum and broaden the appeal of the program. The results are a win win situation for motorsports and educational partnerships.
Our intent is to provide entry level, pre-qualified racing mechanics for as many various forms of motorsports as we can address. In addition to our hands on learning tasks, we will also address the math, science, communications skills, marketing and psychological aspects of working on a racing team. In addition, Lanier Technical College has also been approached by several other educational facilities that offer advanced training in race mechanics to offer their programs to our students once they graduate. We also have several teams and fabrication shops that utilize our students as apprentices and have hired our graduates.
The future outlook for this program is exciting however, we fully realize that we can not keep this program growing and providing the racing industry with talent on our own. We welcome and need to partnership with as many racing teams, sponsors and interested parties as possible. Feel free to offer your curriculum ideas, your time, expertise, vehicles or anything that you feel would help the cause of racing.
This program is an investment in the future of racing. Bringing talented young people into the racing industry will keep it strong and ready to go forward.
MOTORSPORTS VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY
The Lanier Technical College Motorsports Vehicle Technology program prepares the student for an entry-level position in a racing shop or on a racing team. It also allows them background for a variety of automotive high performance careers. In addition, if a student were to choose a more traditional automotive career position, thy would have gained valuable background information to allow them to pursue that career path.
Our program covers the basics of all the systems found on racing and high performance cars including:
* Chassis set up and fabrication
* Metal and composite fabrication
* Fuel Systems
* Machine Shop and Print reading
* Tires and Wheels
* Engine Building and testing
We also require Math, Social Science, Psychology, and English as academic subjects to be taken every quarter. Our academic requirements are expanded for those students in our Associate Degree program.
Since about 68% of all major racing team shops are located in a 300 mile stretch of highway 85 from Charlotte to Florida, the career exploration opportunities are plentiful. Presently our interns are working in the following positions.
* Panoz LeMans Prototype Team
* The Richard Petty Driving Experience in Charlotte engine & chassis shops
* The Panoz GTS race car manufacturing facility
* Hav A Tampa dirt car series - crew member
* Southern All Stars, super late model series Driver & Crew member
* Atlanta Dragway - starting line crew member and car tech inspector
* NAPA automotive engine shop
* Warren Johnson Racing
* Mercedes specialty shop
In the Near future we will have a program allowing the Mechanical Engineering students from Clemson University to attend Lanier Tech. for hands on experience. In addition out students will be eligible to participate in Clemson's Master Degree program in NASCAR Engineering, after they earn the appropriate Mechanical Engineering Degree.
Educational Partners and Contributors
following companies have contributed vehicles, products or technical training to
Vehicle Technology program.
Panoz Auto Development
Panoz Racing, Lemans Prototype Team
Poly Dyn Coatings
- Force industries
Rebco Racings Enterprises
Slack Auto Parts
Slack Machine Shop
The Richard Petty Driving Experience
- Atlanta Dragway
Magnussen - LMP driver, European
formula 1 driver
Brabham - LMP driver, Formula 1 driver
Peters - Lincoln Welding
Anderson - Lincoln Welding
Grewett - Panoz Auto Development
Romo - Panoz Auto Development
Mike Thomas -
Barfield - Panoz raCING School
Wallace - Panoz LMP team manager
Elliott - Thunder Road
Roberts - Steve Dale Racing (former
Bill Elliott crew chief)
Steve Johnson - Snap
Rich - Primerica Financial Management
Baker - BBS Wheels
Ragsdale - Richard Petty Driving
Iaconia - G - Force Racing
Benton - Polymer Cryo Genics
Tony Delucia -
Varsha - Speed Channel
Johnson - 6 time NHRA Pro-stock
Vieth - TTC Transmissions
Dale - Gene Roberts, Joey Clanton -
Steve Dale Racing
Daly - ESPN Speed Channel
Lee Moore - Performance Cryogenics
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