Graduates in Action

SAM TECH GRADUATES IN ACTION

Our entire faculty and staff are extremely proud of what we can offer you as a prospective student seeking a career in the racing industry. We are consistently upgrading facilities, equipment, and techniques utilized in our classroom and lab environments to ensure students receive the latest in race engine technology. SAM Tech special projects, field trips, and student projects keep the faculty and staff excited and enthusiastic about daily activities. The demand for well-trained and technically competent people who are passionate about the racing industry is strong. Our graduates step directly into the racing industry with highly respected employers throughout the country. We are very proud that the school and our graduates are widely recognized by elite racing teams, leading race engine builders, and the performance media. SAM Tech graduates have also prospered by starting their own businesses in this industry. If you aspire to work in the racing industry, SAM Tech will provide you with an education that will help you achieve your goals.

Careers Placement

Dean UnderwoodDean-Underwood

Performance Machinist/Engine Tuner

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT:

  • Johnson & Johnson Racing

COURSES COMPLETED:

  • Automotive Engine/Block Machining Course
  • Automotive Engine/Cylinder Head Machining
  • Automotive Engine/CNC Machining Course

Allen Johnson was the 2012 NHRA Pro Stock World Champion and SAM Tech graduate Dean Underwood was part of that winning team. Dean is a graduate of the Block, Head and CNC programs at SAM Tech. He is using the knowledge and skills he learned at SAM Tech to assemble engines in the shop during the week. On the weekends, Dean uses the hands-on skills he was taught at the school to maintain engines that Johnson & Johnson Racing leases to other top racers. Dean also trouble-shoots engine problems and performs routine engine maintenance at the track.

Kyle DavisKyle-Davis

Project Engineer

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT:

  • Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines

COURSES COMPLETED:

  • Automotive Engine/ Block Machining Course
  • Automotive Engine/Cylinder Head Machining
  • Automotive Engine/Cylinder Head Machining Course

As anyone in the racing industry knows, Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines (ECR Engines) is a major force in motorsports. SAM Tech graduate Kyle Davis is the Project Engineer for the Daytona Prototype Engine Program. His daily responsibilities are fuel injection calibration, working on the dyno, improving the current design of their race engine for increased power and durability, and communicating with teams that use ECR engines. Kyle provides track-side support at the races and tests where they tune the engine, shifting parameters, rev limits, etc. for optimal performance and “driveability.” Also, trouble-shooting engine problems and performing routine engine maintenance at the track. ECR won 8 out of 12 races last season in the Grand Am Rolex series along with winning the Engine Supplier Manufacturer’s Championship. The education and hands-on experience Kyle received at SAM Tech helped prepare him for his responsibilities at ECR Racing.

Chris ThomasChris-Thomas

Performance Machinist/Engine Builder

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT:

  • Jon Kaase Racing Engines

COURSES COMPLETED:

  • Automotive Engine/Block Machining Course
  • Automotive Engine/Cylinder Head Machining Course

John Kaase Racing Engines (JKRE) builds some of the most powerful and successful engines in the country. Chris Thomas is excited to be able to work for this prestigious company after graduating from SAM Tech’s Block and Head Programs. Chris is involved with component machining, engine assembly, and dyno testing. The well-rounded education Chris received at SAM Tech gives him the ability to work on various projects at JKRE, making him a valuable team member.

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