Hands On Training

January 10, 2014

PHCC Motorsports Hands On Training

The Patriots Race Team

The Patriots Race Team includes Bruce Anderson, who drives the No. 73 PHCC Late Model car, and motorsports students who built it from the ground up serving as his pit crew.

Butch Hamlet, a Ridgeway, Va. resident who retired from Late Model Stock Car racing a few years ago, worked with students to transform his Late Model car into one worthy of winning road races.

Motorsports students completely rebuilt his car adding horsepower, resetting the engine, and completely reworking the car’s frame and internal layout. Halmet called the Motorsports program  a “first-class, professional operation,” in a Martinsville Bulletin article dated April 26, 2012. http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/article.cfm?ID=32957&back=archives

 

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson had a lot of fun at the track in 2013. With a solid string of finishes in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway, the South Boston native is consistently bringing the PHCC Patriots Race Team to the top ten finishers during the 2013 season.

Anderson credits the team – composed of PHCC motorsports students – with working hard and getting the car primed for success. He enjoys working with the students and instructors and says it’s the fun of it that keeps him coming back.

Calling the experience “neat,” Anderson says there are many rewards in seeing the students learn and “hopefully achieve their dreams of working on these cars at a higher level of racing.”

Bruce Anderson
PHCC #73 Racecar Driver

 

Motorsports Management and Technology Courses

MTS 95: TOPICS IN MOTORSPORTS (1-5 cr.)

Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students. May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.

 

MTS 100: INTRODUCTION TO MOTORSPORTS MANAGEMENT (3 cr.)

Provides a survey of the motorsports industry. Includes history, growth, and economic impact of motorsports. Includes sanctioning organizations, classification and characteristics of vehicles, related to businesses and industries, financial issues, career opportunities, and other motorsports-related topics. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: ENF 3 or above. Corequisite: MTS 95

 

MTS 110 INTRODUCTION TO MOTORSPORTS MARKETING (3 cr.)

Provides an overview of the principles of marketing goods and services related to the motorsports industry. Includes motorsports promotion, motorsports products, media impact, use of technology in motorsports marketing, motorsports sponsors, hospitality management, public relations, and other topics related to motorsports marketing. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: ENF or above. Corequisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 126 MOTORSPORTS TECHNOLOGY II (3 cr.)

Introduces the student to charging, ignition systems and fuel systems of Stock car racing. Provides hands-on experience with specialized ignition systems, charging systems, fuel cells, fuel delivery, carburetion, and backup systems. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week. Prerequisite: All developmental English requirements met, MTE 1-3, MTH 103, and MTS 125. Corequisite: MTS 95 and PHY 131.

 

MTS 130 MOTORSPORTS STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGY I (3 cr.)

Introduces the student to the basic design and fabrication of a racecar. Develops skills for use of the tools, equipment, and materials in the production of a racecar. Emphasizes safety, accuracy, and aesthetics of the racecar and the work environment. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week. Prerequisite: All Developmental English requirements met, MTE 1-3, MTS 125 and WEL 130. Corequisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 131 MOTORSPORTS STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGY II (3 cr.)

Introduces the student to the design and fabrication of a roll cage. Develops skills in the use of tools, equipment, and materials selection to bend, form, and fabricate the primary structural safety component. Emphasizes NASCAR and other sanctioning bodies’ specifications. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 5 hours per week. Prerequisite: MTS 130. Corequisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 132 MOTORSPORTS STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGY III (3 cr.)

Introduces the student to the design and fabrication of body parts. Develops skills in the use of tools, equipment, and materials selection to bend, form, and fabricate the primary structural safety component. Emphasizes NASCAR and other sanctioning bodies’ specifications. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 5 hours per week. Prerequisite: MTS 130 and MTS 131. Corequisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 135 SHEET METAL FABRICATION (3 cr.)

Introduces sheet metal terminology, fabrication, and installation for covering structural framework of race cars. Provides project oriented, problem-based experiences with equipment and machinery used in the Motorsports Industry. Lecture 2 hour, Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week. Corequisite: MTS 95 and MTS 295.

 

MTS 140 STOCK CAR ENGINES I (3 cr.)

Provides a comprehensive study concerning all areas of race engines including cylinder block configuration and classification. Covers principles of race engine operation and subsystems. Included are lubrication systems (both wet and dry sump) and specialized cooling systems. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week. Prerequisites: All developmental English requirements met, MTE 1-3, and MTH 103. Co-requisite: MTS 95 and PHY 131.

 

MTS 150 ENGINE MACHINING PROCESSES I (4 cr.)

Introduces general machining techniques and practices relating to engines and fabrication of Stock Car engine parts. Includes applied mathematics operations found in machining race engines. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 6 hours per week. Prerequisites: All developmental English requirements met, MTE 1-3, and MTH 103. Co-requisite: MTS 95 and PHY 131.

 

MTS 190 COORDINATED INTERNSHIP (1-5 cr.)

Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college. Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.

 

MTS 195 HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINE INDUCTION SYSTEMS (3 cr.)

Introduces the concepts and practices of modification in the upper engine systems. Includes carburetion, cylinder heads, intake manifold, valves, and components that supply gas and air to the engine. Hands on experiences will reinforce the research and development stages of the high performance engine horsepower output development. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week. Corequisite: MTS 95 and PHY 131. Prerequisites: All developmental English requirements met, MTE 13, and MTH 103.

 

MTS 205 MOTORSPORTS SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND TRANSPORT ISSUES (3 cr.)

Provides an overview of the safety, environmental, and transportation issues related to the motorsports industry. Includes workplace regulations; materials handling; transport of vehicles and other equipment; moving complex operations; housing of personnel; DOT regulations; and other issues related to the safety, environment, and transport in the motorsports industry. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisites: ENF 3 or above. Corequisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 210 RACE CAR SETUP I (3 cr.)

Introduces the student to basic chassis geometry. Develops skills to square the wheelbase, set ride heights, and establish proper weight distribution. Emphasizes teamwork, communication of settings, and accuracy in set up. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week. Prerequisite: All Developmental English requirements met, MTE 1-3, MTS 131. Corequisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 211 RACE CAR SETUP II (3-4 cr.)

Exposes the student to advanced racecar geometry. Develops skills to engage in ontrack ontrack adjustments for top performance of the vehicle. Emphasizes application of skills on-site and under race conditions. Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week. Prerequisite: MTS 210. Corequisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 240 STOCK CAR ENGINES II (3 cr.)

Introduces the student to the engine short block assembly and proper machining of the cylinder block. Employs various machining techniques needed to bore final size, relieve pressure, and lighten the cylinder block for assembly. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 5 hours per week. Prerequisites: MTS 140 and MTS 150. Co-requisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 241 STOCK CAR ENGINES III (3 cr.)

Introduces the student to cylinder head machining and processes related to applications of racecar set-up and repair. Review processes performed in aluminum and cast iron head repair. Introduces stock car valve train flow characteristics and combustion chamber measurements. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 5 hours per week. Prerequisite: MTS 240. Corequisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 250 ENGINE MACHINING PROCESSES II (3 cr.)

Introduces the student to comprehensive machining techniques related to engine and fabrication processes of race engine parts. Demonstrates and performs modern CNC machining operations for race engines. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 5 hours per week. Prerequisites: MTS 140 and MTS 150. Corequisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 290 COORDINATED INTERNSHIP (1-5 cr.)

Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college. Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.

 

MTS 295 MACHINING AND WELDING (3 cr.)

Introduction to safety procedures, bench work, hand tools, precision measuring instruments, drill presses, cut-off saws, milling machines and lathes. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisites: All Developmental English requirements met, and MTE 1-3. Co-requisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 295 INTRODUCTION TO PIT STOP (2 cr.)

Introduces the student to the importance of health, wellness and safety procedures for increased performance and reliability in Pit Stop times. Focuses on the basics and speed of chassis adjustments, tire changing, jacking, and gas can process. Lecture 3 hours per week. Co-requisite MTS 95.

 

MTS 298 PROJECT IN MOTORSPORTS MARKETING (3 cr.)

Builds on basic marketing and management principles by applying them to real world Motorsports projects. Students will apply marketing techniques to market Motorsports products and services. Corequisite: MTS 95.

 

MTS 298 DYNO ENGINE PERFORMANCE (3 cr.)

Introduces the comprehensive use of the Engine Dynamometer within the high performance environment. Includes advanced theory and applications for engine performance factors. Provides hands on experiences with working engines. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week. Co-requisite: MTS 95, MTS 240 and MTS 250.

About Patrick Henry Community College

Motorsports Technology at Patrick Henry Community College is the place to go for a full-service, hands-on education in high-performance racing engines and chassis fabrication. PHCC Motorsports students work with state-of-the-art equipment and technology including a Serdi Cylinder head valve seat and guide cutting machine, Mittler Pull Down Rig, 3HP Rohrig Shock Dyno and much more.



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