Motorsports Technology (AOS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS)
Academic Department Info: 

This specialization includes 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training applicable to the motorsport field. Program includes brake systems, alignment procedures, electronic controls, engine overhaul, and transmission overhaul. A major emphasis in the program is to teach the students fabrication and set-up on various types of race vehicles.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate a focused, coherent, organized written report.
  • Perform mathematic calculations required for entry-level automotive employment.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply written instructions and specifications relevant to their work environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose and repair race automotive drive train systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose and repair race engines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe operation, diagnose and repair race automotive steering, brakes and suspension systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to fabricate materials required to build and maintain race vehicle chassis, bodies, and components.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards: 

Applicants in the motorsports technology program must meet the following physical requirements:

  • Must be able to perform safely in the shop.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.
  • Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away.
  • Must be able to visually decipher an oscilloscope monitor and digital/analog meter, and scan tool displays.
  • Must have a valid motor vehicle license and be able to drive a standard transmission vehicle.
  • Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
  • Must be able to understand information found in service repair manuals and use diagnostic flow charts.
  • Must meet qualifications for a NYS driver’s license.

Students may take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.

Articulation Agreements: 

Two-year BOCES graduates who have an 80 percent class average, have a letter of recommendation from their vocational instructor, and present a portfolio may be allowed to advance beyond minimum requirements and improve the grade for the college courses, pursue individual interests within a course, or sample course work in a separate automotive program to broaden their experience.

Graduation Requirements: 

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Chassis Specialist
  • High Performance Motorsport Technician
  • Crew Foreman
  • Pit Crew Member
  • Engine Builder
  • Transmission Builder
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State motorsports technology graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Students receive 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training of which 1,400 hours are lab work. There are one-and-one-half hours of lecture with four-and-one-half hours of lab work each day, five days per week, 15 weeks a semester.

First Semestercredits
AUTO1109Brakes, Steering, and Suspension Systems9
AUTO1124Automotive Welding4
AUTO1135Automotive Basic Electronics & Component Overhaul5
Second Semestercredits
AUTO3409Engine Service9
AUTO4449Drive Train Service9
Third Semestercredits
AUTO3506Intro to Motorsports6
AUTO3504M/S Fabrication I4
AUTO3514Racing Suspension4
AUTO3524High Performance Tune-up/Electronic4
Fourth Semestercredits
AUTO3535High Performance Engine Building5
AUTO3544M/S Aerodynamics4
AUTO3534High Performance Steering, Brake & Chassis4
AUTO3545M/S Fabrication II5
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees101214
Responding to Survey6 (60%)7 (58%)13 (93%) 
Employed3 (50%)6 (86%)10 (77%) 
Employed in Field3 (100%)6 (100%)9 (100%) 
Transferred3 (50%)1 (14%)3 (23%) 
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Less than $20,000 (1)
$30,000 - $39,999 (2)
Prefer not to disclose (7)