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Submitter's Information


Heather Rahman


Program Coordinator, Career Education


Bay Area


College of Marin

CTE Dean

CTE Dean's Name

Alina Varona, Ed. D

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Program Details

Program Title

Motorsports Certificate of Achievement

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Automotive Technology (094800)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

The Motorsports Technician program is designed to provide fundamental skills for an entry-level technician in a high-performance race shop.  Graduates become skilled and proficient racecar mechanics.  The program offers a blend of hands-on and classroom training which prepares students to work in the challenging and rewarding fields of the Motorsport Industry.  Students learn metal fabrication, MIG and TIG welding, engine building, custom painting, brakes, steering, and suspension.  The Motorsport Technicians program teaches a combination of critical thinking skills and a hands-on approach to learning.  The program is located in Novato, California, just west of Sonoma Raceway.

Enrollment Completer Projections

We expect to have 20 student completions per year.

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

·        Demonstrate the ability to describe operation of, diagnose, and repair race engines.

·        Demonstrate the ability to describe operation of, 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.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

Five courses will prepare students with the skills required for an entry-level positions in the Motorsports Industry. Motorsports is the art of building, racing and maintaining a race car. The U.S. Departmentof Labor recognizes Motorsports as an industry.

Program Requirements
AUTO 118 Brakes Alignment and Suspension Systems 6 units S1 (Fall Semester)
ACRT 107 MIG Welding for Automotive Collision Repair Technology 2 units S1 (Fall Semester)
ACRT 201 Automotive Paint – Waterborne and Clear Coat 4 units S1 (Fall Semester)
AUTO 112 Automotive Engines Troubleshooting 6 units S2 (Spring Semester)
ACRT 106 Metal Fabrication Troubleshooting 2 units S2 (Spring Semester)
    Total: 20 units  

Bay Area Regional Questions

Goal of Program


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Many students in our Automotive program have expressed their desire to work in the Motorsports Industry. We are not creating any new courses but are developing a new Motorsport certificate. This new certificate will combine two existing courses in Automotive Technology and three courses in Auto Collision Repair Technology. The blending of these five courses will prepare students for an entry-level position in the Motorsports Industry. Sonoma Raceway, among many other motorsport support businesses, are looking to hire trained students. The long list of businesses, many of which have been contacting College of Marin and seeking to hire, is found at: These businesses usually support all Bay Area raceways in addition to Sonoma Raceway. Ten of 47 businesses include the following: * AV8 Supercars 510-928-2423/ / Chassis set-up, suspension, club cars, driver coach & development, race prep & service, trackside support. * A.I.M. Tires 707-938-9193 / Race tires. Tire mount & dismount services. Trackside support SCCA and NASA plus daily mail order shipments. * Aluminos, Inc. 925-786-7865 / / Kart racing SUCS. Driver Training, Arrive & Drive, Trackside Support * American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM) 510-796-7005 / Motorcycle road racing club - beginner to professional. * Arnold Zucchi 707-996-2121 / Auto restoration & metal craftsman. * Auto Spa Race Service 707-938-8727 / Racing services & prep, trackside support, fabrication and restoration. * Cameron Karting 707-938-9986 / Karting racing parts & service, storage and trackside support. * Cameron Motorsports Mgmt, Inc. 707-996-1184 / Race team management, race car preparation and driver coaching. * Cerini Motorsports 707-938-3979; Race preparation and trackside support. * Competition Touring Cars (CTC) 707 933-8282 / fax: 707 933-8288 / Svcs include fabrication, steel & alum body forming, chassis/suspension tuning, driver train upgrades, restoration and track, rally or tour support.
Please list similar programs at other colleges in the service area which may be impacted, including the name of the college, the name of the program that may be impacted, the name of the person you contacted and the outcome of that contact.
According to course catalogs and internet search, Solano, Napa and SRJC do not offer a motorsports program that prepares students for an entry level position in the Motorsports Industry. There are no other Motorsports programs in the Bay Area. Most Motorsports programs are in Ohio, North and South Carolina.

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Published at

12/18/23 - 04:59 PM



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