Diploma — 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 49-credit diploma program offers an excellent career option for students who are interested in an automotive career but do not want to be an auto mechanic. Courses explore all aspects of engine rebuilding, and the program has expanded into high-performance engine rebuilding with the introduction of a new flowbench and engine balancer. In the past several years, new and updated equipment has been acquired so students are trained on the same equipment that they will find in industry. Hands-on lab experience combined with classroom theory on machining make this program an excellent choice for those interested in pursuing a career in high-performance engine rebuilding. Fewer than 10 High Performance Engine Machining programs exist nationwide, so placement potential is virtually unlimited.

Employment

High-Performance Engine Machining graduates are qualified to pursue careers as pit crew mechanics or engine machinists in a variety of motorsports such as dirt track racing, NASCAR, circle track, rally racing and other race circuits. Graduates also work as machinists in industrial tool and die shops, including those shops specializing in engine and part fabrication for automotive, agricultural and recreational vehicles. NTC makes job placements nationwide.

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Next Steps

Nearly all of the credits earned through this diploma may be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) High-Performance Engine Machinist degree.

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
AMST 1001Automotive Motorsports Basics4
AMST 1002Introduction to Automotive Electrical/Electronics4
AMST 1003Engine Theory/Service4
AMST 1016Brakes2-4
HPER 1410First Aid / CPR1
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 1305Simulated Machine Shop3
HPEM 1308Engine Dyno Setup and Operations3
HPEM 1350Porting Heads for Performance Modifications3
HPEM 1360CNC Engine Block Machining2
HPEM 1390Advanced Engine Building Techniques4
Total Credits: 49