Ready to attend racing mechanic school? Work in the race car industry with a degree from Ranken, one of the top high performance automotive schools in the country.

If you have an appetite for speed or a passion for racing, repairing cars or working with powerful engines, Ranken’s High-Performance Racing Technology program might be the perfect fit for you.

Is racing mechanic school right for you?

High Performace Racing Technology (4)You are a creative thinker and problem-solver who likes doing precise, hands-on work.

You have a mechanical mind, and you don’t just love working with cars, you want to maximize horsepower to achieve top speed.

In your free time, you can be found at the race track. You know the difference between stock car racing and drag car racing – or if you don’t know, you really, really want to!

Does this sound like you? If so, a racing mechanic school could be the path to a successful and rewarding career.

In Ranken’s High Performance Racing Technology (HPRT) program, our specialized training allows students to design, machine and build all types of high performance engines using a wide variety of aftermarket engine components.

Interested in seeing more of our High-Performance Racing facilities? Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of Ranken Technical College’s HIGH-PERFORMANCE RACING department.

Why choose Ranken for racing mechanic school?

High Performace Racing Technology (7)The HPRT program adds the excitement of after-market engine performance enhancement to our core automotive technician training. Our specialized training allows students to design, machine and build all types of high performance engines using a wide variety of aftermarket engine components.

You’ll learn how to tune engines for maximum output and drivability using various data acquisition tools and dynamometers. In order to gain a foundation of mechanical repair, students in the HPRT program will share basic automotive repair curriculum with the Automotive Maintenance Technology program. Upon completion of these courses, students will focus on two areas of emphasis: engines and tuning.

You will learn to improve performance of engines and maintain peak performance of racing engines. You’ll get hands-on experience in maximizing horsepower, achieving the best performance from stock components and controls, and installing and programming these systems using the engine and chassis dynamometers.

Marc McClintock

Department Lead & Instructor, Full Time


Certificate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Certificate from Southwestern Illinois College
Certifications: ASE A1 Engine Repair & ASE A4 Suspension and Steering

Don Rote

Instructor, Full Time


University of Illinois at Chicago School of Mechanical Engineering
ASE Certified Automobile Master Technician

Ranken’s HPRT program is unique among high performance automotive schools, providing students with five semesters of hands-on training and instruction in diagnosing and repairing automotive problems and malfunctions. Combining traditional and modern industry practices, the program develops student proficiencies in the following areas:

  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic transmission/transaxle
  • Manual drivetrain and axles
  • Suspension and steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Engine performance
  • Engine tuning/machining

In addition to the positions offered to AMT graduates, HPRT graduates build automotive careers that have an emphasis in engines and tuning.

Jared Wilmas

Department: Alumni Automotive
Service Technician @ Bommarito Chevrolet

2020 Automotive Maintenance Technology
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Brad Francis

Department: Alumni Automotive
Owner, Certified Performance and Auto Repair, Inc.

2001 Automotive Maintenance Technology
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Richard Maor

Department: Alumni Automotive
Automotive Technician @ Morley Performance LLC

May 2020 Automotive High Performance Racing Technology
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Ashis Gurung

Department: Alumni Automotive
Auto Body Technician @ Gapsch Carstar Collision Center

May 2020 Automotive Collision Repair Technology
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Andrew Fields

Department: Alumni Automotive
Automotive Technician @ Rob Sight Ford

May 2017 Automotive Maintenance Technology
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