AAS — High Performance Engine Machinist

NOTE: THE HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM IS RECEIVING INQUIRIES AS WE SEEK TO RELOCATE THE PROGRAM TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION. YOUR INQUIRY WILL BE PASSED ALONG TO THE INSTITUTION.

This 60-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree prepares graduates to build high-performance engines for motorsports and racing. Extensive lab work includes advanced engine assembly, cylinder head porting, engine dynamometer (dyno) tuning, lathe and mill operations, cylinder head machining and Computer Numeric Control (CNC) engine block machining.

The engine dyno course is particularly exciting because students gain hands-on experience swapping parts and doing pulls to see how to make more horsepower and torque from their modifications.

 

Employment

Employment

An increased number of performance areas, such as drifting, tuners and mud truck, as well as the traditional performance such as circle track, NASCAR, HNRA and street rods, are creating even more job opportunities across the country. Past students now work in performance engine shops all over the nation, including NASCAR engine shops, NHRA engine shops, circle track engine shops, import engine shops and shops that work on everything from brigs and Stratton to 12-cylinder diesel engines. Graduates should be willing to relocate.

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College Readiness

A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Degree Requirements

 
Course #Course NameCredit
Required Courses
ENGL 1111College Writing I3
MATH 1110College Algebra3
PSYC 1105General Psychology3
SPCH 1110Intro to Public Speaking3
AMST 1001Automotive Motorsports Basics4
AMST 1002Introduction to Automotive Electrical/Electronics4
AMST 1003Engine Theory/Service4
AMST 1016Brakes2-4
MOTO 2225Motorsports Fabrication I2
HPEM 1200Lathe and Mill Operations2
HPEM 1202Cylinder Head Machining4
HPEM 1204Theory of Cylinder Head2
HPEM 1206Theory of Lower Engine Machining2
HPEM 1207Lower Engine Machining5
HPEM 1308Engine Dyno Setup and Operations3
HPEM 1350Porting Heads for Performance Modifications3
HPEM 1360CNC Engine Block Machining2
HPEM 1390Advanced Engine Building Techniques4
 General Education Electives3
Total Credits: 60