The unique training program using student technicians as the crew is making changes for the 2002 USAR ProCup season. The Team Concept team normally consists of 20 students that have completed all the core classes in Fabrication, Dynamics, Metal ...
The unique training program using student technicians as the crew is making changes for the 2002 USAR ProCup season. The Team Concept team normally consists of 20 students that have completed all the core classes in Fabrication, Dynamics, Metal Shaping, Assembly, Race Business, Metal Body and Advanced Metal Shaping. These students then enter in a one year, twenty race program traveling throughout the Southeastern United States competing on the Southern ProCup Series. "We follow the needs of the industry closely, that is why Team Concept was originally started," states Mark Davis, Team Concept Director of Motorsports. Team Owners want short term training programs that guarantee premium experience. Teams and business want us to recruit young athletes, post graduate engineers and business majors to give them team experience. Next year's program will allow students to take the 11 core classes while being on the team. Students will take hand's-on classes from 8:00 to 12:00 Monday through Friday while taking Team Concept classes from 1:00 until 5:00 Monday through Friday. "The new structure will be more demanding on the students but if they're going to survive in the industry they will have to adapt," adds Lead Instructor, Jon Kerley. Many technical institutes offer racing programs added on to automotive programs, theses kids work on race cars from day one, 50 weeks later they are experienced technicians. Students are trained and cross trained to fill over 15 individual positions on a team.
"Jon and I have seen a trend begin to develop and the possibility of having multiple Team Concept teams is in the near future. High-end salaries and payroll structures have team owners evaluating budgets. One team is entertaining a second year apprenticeship program for Team Concept students," expanded Davis. Applications for Team Concept's 2002 program are currently being taken. Students wanting to join the Team Concept program can get into the core classes that are offered in the morning and evening in January. Students that want to take core classes without being on the team are also welcome in January classes.