Mechanics Training Program
Bay Area Mechanics Training Program
The continued expansion of the motorsports industry has created a persistent demand for knowledgeable race car mechanics. Taking that first step on the career ladder and gaining qualifications that top teams will recognize, however, is far from simple. That’s where the Sears Point Mechanics Training Program comes in.
Our highly-regarded race mechanic school specializes in the preparation of entry-level mechanics for race teams—and many of the 2,700+ students who have come through our doors are now employed at all levels of IndyCar, NASCAR, IMSA, SCCA, and vintage racing teams, and by chassis and engine suppliers.
If you’re interested in embarking on an exciting new race mechanic career, or if you’re a race car enthusiast looking to improve your knowledge of open-wheel racing, read on!
The life of a professional racing mechanic is a thrilling blend of physical effort, coordinated teamwork and competitive action—and the Sears Point Mechanics Training Program has been designed to offer the perfect preparation for this exciting career.
As well as working side-by-side with our professional technicians on our modern fleet of Formula 3 cars, students will benefit from the collective knowledge of an array of industry professionals, discussing racecar theory, racing hardware and engines, cooling, oil, braking, and driveline systems, suspension, gearboxes, aerodynamics, data acquisition, and more. For a full course outline, see below.
Race car preparationWork hands on with our professional technicians, preparing our advanced Formula 3 cars for track use.
Basic race car theoryAn explanation of basic race car dynamics and build processes, and an overview of today’s racing cars.
Introduction to racing hardwareAn explanation of the various types of hardware used today, and their applications to modern racing.
Introduction to racing engines, cooling systems, and oil systemsAn essential overview of engine systems and design.
Introduction to race car braking systems and suspension dynamicsAn overview of braking systems, race car setup, and vehicle dynamics, including practical experience.
Introduction to racing gearboxes and driveline systemsAn overview of gearbox and driveline systems and their applications to modern racing, including practical experience of gearbox construction and preparation.
Introduction to modern aerodynamic theory and its applicationsAn overview of the evolution and application of racing aerodynamics.
Introduction to data acquisition systemsAn explanation covering the essentials of today’s data systems, and their applications.
Race car constructionBuild your own Formula 3 car (one per class) and watch it test on track before graduating from the program.
- An interest in—and physical ability to—fulfill the role of a mechanic (we will ascertain your suitability by way of a personal interview and orientation exercise)
- All living expenses incurred during the school’s duration
- A High School Diploma, G.E.D., or California High School Proficiency Certificate
- A top-line set of professional tools
- All the clothing you’ll need in order to undertake the course
- Resume and placement assistance to help you find suitable employment
- Each Sears Point Mechanics Training Program semester spans a three-month period, offers a total of 480 hours of instruction and hands-on training, and accepts a maximum of ten students.
- The cost of tuition is $2,300.00 per student. Students will also need to pay $50.00 for registration and $100 for books and other required equipment.
- The program does not receive state or federal assistance on behalf of its students.
The Mechanics Training Program put me in contact with people in the industry and opened the door to many opportunities. The time I spent on the program was one of the best years I’ve had. I met many great people from all walks of life that I still, to this day, keep in touch with.
The Mechanics Training Program was key in refining my mechanical skills into usable racing skills. It didn’t teach me everything I know, but it did teach me about everything—and everybody—I needed to know to land a job and remain in the industry for the last 13 1/2 years. I still work with industry professionals that I met years ago as guest speakers.
I came to the Mechanics Training Program with little-to-no automotive or racing experience. While there, I tried to learn as much as possible, listen to my instructors, and work hard. If you have a desire to learn, apply yourself and work hard, this program will put in a good word for you when you want to move onto the next level. It did for me, and it’s thanks to the MTP that I’m where I am today.
The skill set and experience I gained through the MTP gave me a distinct advantage that most others seeking an entry-level position with a race team didn’t have. The practices and techniques I learned there I still use today.
The MTP program gave me extensive knowledge to improve my mechanics skills and to apply them at my new job in the motorsports field. Anybody serious about opening new doors into the motorsports world should exercise this program’s many possibilities.
The MTP program gave me the necessary tools to succeed at the highest levels of motorsport. Because of my experience as an MTP graduate I have had a successful 30-year career in a very exciting and rewarding field. I could not have gone as far as I did in my driving career without this experience.
Graduating the MTP program opened the right doors for me and helped me in my pursuit of a career in professional motorsports.
Great program that rewarded me with an immediate job placement with a professional formula car team.