Once a student enrolls in the Mechanical Engineering program at UNC Charlotte, they can start working in the Kulwicki Lab and learn about the different teams and projects that go on in the shop. After successful completion of their freshman year, Mechanical Engineering students may apply for admission into the Motorsports Engineering concentration. As sophomores, students accepted into the program enroll in Motorsports Clinic I, where an increased emphasis is placed on applied automotive engineering education.
During their junior and senior years, Motorsports Engineering students begin a heavier concentration in automotive studies. All technical electives are taken from a list of motorsports engineering courses. They can be chosen to work on the SAE Baja and Formula SAE teams, which involve research, design, build, testing and racing the cars. Motorsports Clinics II and III take place of Senior Design I and II, and involve motorsports projects and research (usually on the Formula SAE car).