The golden age of national and international auto racing is right now, and the Motorsports Industry has reached an unprecedented level of technical sophistication, that brings well remunerated jobs to professionals with knowledge and skill in the field.
Motorsports engineering technology is at the vanguard of vehicle design, manufacture, testing, and entertainment, and it carries with it the prestige of national and international vehicle makes and models, as well as, sponsors, and countless business and technical opportunities.
Old Dominion University (ODU, Norfolk, VA) and the New College Institute (NCI, Martinsville, VA) have partnered to offer Motorsports Engineering Education in Martinsville, and facilitate the educational aspirations of many students, professionals, and companies involved in the motorsports industry locally, state, and nationwide.
The area of Martinsville is unique for Motorsports. Many consider Martinsville and surrounding counties the "Motorsports Alley" of Virginia. Raceways, speedways, motorsports facilities, and state-of-the-art motorsports laboratories make possible to deliver quality instruction and training in motorsports engineering technology that are second to none.
The motorsports industry is currently in need of highly specialized professionals in the field. In response, Old Dominion University in cooperation with other institutions of higher learning has implemented and continues to implement educational infrastructure and research laboratories in the area of Martinsville for undergraduate and graduate level education, as well as, cutting-edge engineering research in motorsports.
There is no better time to pursue a career in Motorsports Engineering Technology. Old Dominion University, the New College Institute and other partner Institutions are deeply committed to provide the best educational infrastructure and support in Martinsville, VA in order to prepare successful engineering professionals in this field.
ODU's Bachelor's Program in Motorsports is quite flexible. It requires the completion of 124 credit hours, of which 76 are referred to as "Lower-Division Credits", and the remaining, "Upper-Division Credits".
Most of the lower-division credits can be completed at a local state or private college of the student's choice. If "Motorsports-based" lower-division credits are not available at a local college, they can be completed at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), our partner institution in Martinsville. (Motorsports-based courses are not to be confused with automotive-based courses.)
Transferability of credits can be determined by accessing ODU's "Monarch TRANSFERmation" system at:
In case of doubt, transferability of credits can also be checked with ODU's Director of the Motorsports Engineering Technology, by sending questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Upper-Division Credits are delivered by ODU and facilitated by NCI at Martinsville. These courses stress on engineering analysis and laboratory practice. Most lectures are delivered live-on-site in classrooms at NCI and PHCC. The existing state-of-the-art classroom facilities also allow lectures to be delivered via video-conferencing outside Martinsville. Arrangements can be made to provide distance lectures state, nation, or worldwide.
Laboratory practice, however, is performed at "real-life" facilities such as the Virginia International Raceway, Driving simulator, Vehicle dynamics rig, Chassis dynamometer, and Engine Instrumentation laboratories in Danville, and the Virginia Motorsports Technology Center at PHCC.
Ideally, Upper-Division requirements could be completed by students in three academic semesters. Upon completion of the program, students receive from ODU a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with expertise in Motorsports.