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PIT Offers Day Time Welding Classes!!

Mooresville, N.C. - October 3, 2019

Beginning in January 2020, PIT will begin offering daytime welding classes to complement its current evening schedule.  Courses will be identical to the evening PWU-100 and PWU-200 sessions, but will be condensed into an eight-week timeframe as classes will be held Monday-Friday from 12:30pm – 4:30pm.  The daytime courses will alternate between PWU-100 and PWU-200, with new sessions beginning every eight weeks.


Our first daytime class will be Pit Weld U – 100, which will begin on January 6, 2020 and conclude on February 28, 2020, while our the first daytime Pit Weld U – 200 course will begin March 2, 2020 and conclude on April 24, 2020.  Classes are limited to twelve students each.


For additional information, please contact: 

Trent Schanen
Director of Event Logistics & Welding School Operations
Performance Instruction & Training (PIT)
156 Byers Creek Road
Mooresville, NC 28117
T 704.799.3869   ext. 115

PIT Offers Beginning TIG Welding Workshop!!

PIT Partners with DOG Fabrication the Furick Cup to provide Beginning Welding Workshop

Mooresville, N.C. - June 14, 2019

PIT Instruction and Training is partnering to provide a beginning TIG welding workshop in conjunction with DOG Fabrication and and the Furick Cup for those interested in learning the basics of the art of welding. "This is a great opportunity for the beginning enthusiast, artist or just generally interested practitioner to get their first opportunity to learn how to TIG weld," remarked Trent Schanen, Director of PIT Instruction and Training's Pit Weld U program.

We are offering this as a fun way to get folks interested in welding and to hopefully help them feel more comfortable performing their own personal welding projects," added Schanen.

The PIT Instruction and Training Pit Weld U. program is licensed by the State of North Carolina Community College System ("The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges is not an accrediting agency"), and offers both training and certification classes for professional welders.

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PIT and NC State University IES, Team to Educate!!


Mooresville, N.C. - April 25, 2019

PIT Instruction and Training and NC State's Industry Expansion Solutions are once again offering PIT's "Lean Performance U." program to corporate and industrial individuals and groups. Lean Performance U. is a program created by PIT which incorporates modern coaching principals utilized for improving a NASCAR® pit crew's performance. Attendees are introduced to pit crew coaching principles and then taught to utilize those techniques while performing choreographed pit stops on genuine race cars.


"Pit stops require many of the same disciplines required in industry", said Ben Cook, Director of Programming at PIT. "Communication, tool organization, ergonomic work areas, safety and such are essential to any lean operation. We draw parallels between PIT Lean and Corporate Lean in a very fun and competitive way that helps the lessons stick with those that experience it". 


Bob Plott, General Manager of PIT Instruction and Training, added, "Companies unable to send complete groups often still offer educational opportunities to their individual employees. We feel this collaboration with NC State IES is a great solution for that individual or small group seeking to attend our lean experience". 

Rounding out the pit crew educational experience, NC State's IES team will infuse industrial education topics throughout the program to reinforce the lessons learned in the pits.

"Learning by pitting race cars, combined with lunch and a race shop tour, what a better way to complete a structured educational opportunity" concluded Plott. "We just need folks to sign up".

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 2018) – Pit Instruction & Training (PIT) and KOOKS Headers & Exhaust are proud to announce their collaboration through PIT’s renowned welding program – Pit Weld U Powered by Miller Welders.

The welding program, designed to teach individuals the unique trade, offers a skillset to work in an industry where skilled welders are in high-demand.  Students learn the MIG and TIG welding disciplines on various types of metals, basic metal cutting techniques, and welder setup, maintenance and operation during their time in the sixteen week course.

That very skillset is exactly what KOOKS Headers & Exhaust is looking for in a candidate, given their status as a leader in the performance exhaust industry, providing the highest quality performance products, innovation and craftsmanship, along with superior service to customers worldwide.

PIT’s commitment to not only providing a quality education, but also instilling in students the importance of professionalism, workmanship and attention-to-detail, provides select students who meet defined criteria (professionalism, attendance, workmanship, etc.) with the opportunity for gainful employment with KOOKS at their state-of-the-art headquarters in nearby Statesville, N.C.

For more information about Pit Instruction & Training and KOOKS Headers & Exhaust, please visit and

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Mooresville, N.C. - October 8, 2018

Pit Instruction and Training, LLC (PIT) is proud to announce a dynamic new course to its Pit Weld U (PWU) welding program.


Beginning in January 2019, PIT will begin offering a second welding course that focuses on SMAW (stick welding), torch cutting and blueprint reading.  The course will help students prepare for jobs as a welder within the construction and pipeline fields.


Like PIT’s pit crew training course, Pit Crew U, Pit Weld U is licensed through the state of North Carolina’s Community College System, and provides students with a valuable tool looking to obtain a career in the welding industry – a hands-on education and skill set in a high demand trade.


As is the case with PIT’s MIG/TIG welding course (PWU – 100), PWU – 200 (SMAW course) instructors are seasoned welders and currently hold high level positions within the industry that students aspire to be a part of themselves. Furthermore, Pit Weld U instructors hold Certified Welding Inspector credentials through the renowned American Welding Society (AWS).


PIT’s Pit Weld U – 200 (SMAW) course is sixteen weeks in length and held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings allowing students to take part in PWU – 100 (MIG/TIG) concurrently if desired.  PWU – 100 courses take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings.


Students will be prepared to take a welder test for certification under AWS D1.1 code upon completion of the PWU – 200 SMAW course.  As one of the few AWS Accredited Testing Facilities in North Carolina, students can sign-up to take a test in-house if they wish to become an AWS certified welder.  PIT holds AWS welder testing monthly.


Please contact us today to discuss enrollment options, payment information, class schedules and other details about the course to put you on the fast track to an exciting career in the welding industry.


*The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges is not an accrediting agency.

Mooresville, N.C. - April --, 2018
PIT Instruction & Training, LLC (PIT) is proud to announce that it has become an Accredited Testing Facility for the American Welding Society (AWS) and is now offering a Certified Welder program in addition to its welding and pit crew training classes.  The elite status allows PIT to be included as one of only a few locations in the state of North Carolina, and one of less than 150 nationwide with an AWS Certified Welder program, setting PIT apart from other institutions who offer welding programs, but no option for certification with the AWS.
The Certified Welder program is designed for individuals who wish to obtain certification under specific American Welding Society code, giving added credibility to their abilities as a professional welder and the opportunity to quickly advance their welding career.  Testing dates are scheduled monthly for those who wish to achieve their AWS DX.X certification at PIT Instruction & Training.  AWS Certification testing is available to anyone who already has training and experience as a welder, as well as graduates of PIT’s well regarded Pit Weld U Powered by Miller Welders welding program.
Furthermore, companies who wish to certify, or maintain certification for their staff under American Welding Society code can do so through PIT’s Certified Welder program.  Whether current staff members are in need of certification, or potential new-hires that are required to obtain certification to gain employment, PIT can help setup a fully customized program to fit your specific needs.  Testing can also be done on-site to reduce employee downtime as needed.



Mooresville NC -January 11th 2018


“Over the past decade PIT has taken great pride in placing our graduates with the most successful teams in NASCAR. And we are equally proud of the quality relationships we have developed during this time serving as a training center and development team for such iconic NASCAR teams as Richard Petty Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing, Red Bull Racing, and Joe Gibbs Racing, among others.


However, PIT is especially proud to announce our 2018 partnership as the official developmental team for our longtime friends, Team Penske. Team Penske is not only one of the most highly respected and successful organizations in motorsports history, but just as importantly, they are renowned for their integrity, work ethic and sportsmanship. We are excited to partner with such a tremendous organization and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership in 2018 and beyond.”






CHARLOTTE (September 1, 2017) – Today, added front-office jobs to the site. This addition allows employers to search for positions in areas like public relations, marketing, communications, human resources, information technology and many other non-competition sides of the industry. With this re-launch, serves as one of the racing industry’s most comprehensive source for connecting potential employees with race teams looking to fill positions.


Co-founder Steve Letarte is looking forward to many new opportunities with this update.


“We’ve seen so many teams and potential employees excited to access since our launch earlier this year, said the former crew chief for Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who now is an analyst for NASCAR on NBC. “We feel  the addition of front office positions will increase the quantity and quality of recruits for the racing industry.”


Similar to previous positions available on the site, the update allows potential employees to create a profile with their skill sets, experiences and salary requirements. Race teams are then able to filter this list based on the requirements for their available positions. Once a candidate is identified, emails the prospects on the filtered list to ensure anonymity until a candidate decides to pursue an opportunity. Currently, nearly 300 race teams nationwide have profiles on the site and more than 300 emails have been sent from teams to qualified candidates to begin the hiring process. recently partnered with Belmont Abbey College and the Pit Instruction and Training program (PIT). Belmont Abbey is one of the leading college programs focused on motorsports front office positions and will provide ideal candidates for premier motorsports teams. PIT offers programs for those who aspire to become full-time over the wall pit crew members or fabricators and will generate a trained candidate pool for teams across the nation.




Founded in 2017, connects race teams with potential employees through an online anonymous portal. Designed to place the best employees in the right jobs, allows for organizations to search based on potential openings ensuring that the prospective employees’ education, experience and proficiency commensurate with the job’s qualifications. Careers in both competition (pit crews, engineers, mechanics, etc.) and non-competition (public relations, marketing, human resources, etc.) are accessible through the site. For more information, please visit

Corporate News




February 22, 2018


Eastman Chemical came out today with pit guns blazing and set a new Lean Performance U. pit stop record with a time of 27.92 seconds. The previous time of  28.32 seconds was set by the U.S. Army Rangers back in 2014.


"The record's stood for a long time, but these guys came out and really had a great pit stop to steal it away from the Army," remarked Bob Plott, General Manager of Pit Instruction and Training.

The team that took the winning time had elusively named themselves the "Fat Bast@#ds", yet moved like anything but what their tricky moniker implied. Although their day had started off slow, with each round of pit stops the team honed their skill sets, and came out full throttle in the final round.

"It's great", exclaimed Corporate Program Manager Ben Cook, "Having a new record always makes other companies eager to take on the challenge of being the fastest corporate crew. We'll just have to wait and see who's got what it takes to knock these guys off center podium. It looks like the race is on again."

Pit Instruction & Training Becomes a Licensed Pit Crew School in North Carolina

"The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges is not an accrediting agency".


Performance Instruction and Training (PIT), a pit crew and corporate training center based in Mooresville, N.C. is proud to announce that they have received official licensing through the state of North Carolina's Board of Community Colleges. PIT General manager Bob Plott made the announcement today and issued the following statement:


"We are excited to receive official state licensing for our program in that it officially validates the success that we have enjoyed as a company for over a decade. Moreover, the licensing provides additional scholarship financial options and protection for our students whom we feel are the future of the sport. Since its inception in 2002, PIT has trained students 99 classes from 48 states and four foreign countries at our state of art 10 million dollar training facility. Registration is now open for our landmark 100th class which begins April 28th, 2014. Our ownership (Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond), internal staff and our coaches are second to none. Most PIT coaches hold advanced college degrees in training related disciplines, and all of them have worked, or are currently working for top NASCAR teams as pit crew athletes or coaches. More than 70 of our graduates have won individual or team championships at the highest levels of NASCAR completion, at least three of our graduates are coaches at the Cup level, and almost 70%* of our graduates are hired for jobs in the racing industry. We are proud of these past and present accomplishments, and prouder still of the bright future ahead of us that has been further enhanced by this state acknowledgement."


* based on internal records and official yearly team rosters throughout the racing industry 

PWU Graduates

First Class To Complete PIT Weld U


Students Complete Brand New Motorsports Metal-Working Class Offering


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 20, 2016) - The first class of students to attend Performance Instruction and Training's PIT Weld U Powered by Miller Welders course is set to complete the program on Wednesday, December 21.


The students have completed the brand new 176-hour course, which covers welding safety and includes three primary skill sets - metal cutting, MIG welding and TIG welding. Students will be ready for state certification and careers as welders and fabricators in the motorsports industry, as well as various other industries in which expert welders and metal workers are needed.


Classes are limited to ten students each and are held at the Red Horse Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team facility in Mooresville, N.C. - just steps from Performance Instruction and Training's campus. With support from Miller Welders, students enrolled in the unique course gain experience using top notch welding equipment that professional race teams utilize themselves. The instructors in the course are all experienced motorsports professionals, who are currently doing, or have done, the jobs that students aspire to. 


As is the case with the pit crew training program offered by Performance Instruction and Training (PIT), PIT Weld U is licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. Additionally, students will be prepared to become certified welders through the American Welding Society (AWS) upon completion of the program.


The next class is an evening session and takes place on Monday and Wednesday evenings. It begins on Monday, January 2 and still has seats available, no prior experience is necessary. The deadline to enroll in that course is Friday, December 23. Those interested in enrollment can see more information and enroll online at or by calling 704-799-3869. Day courses are held Monday through Thursday and are eight weeks in length, while evening courses are held on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays and are sixteen weeks in length. 



About Performance Instruction and Training:


Performance Instruction & Training (PIT) is a one-of-a-kind pit crew training facility that offers programs for those who aspire to become a full-time over-the-wall pit crew member in the motorsports industry. PIT also uses the pit crew concepts to relate to business and teaches companies how to become more effective, efficient, and profitable using the pit crew framework. Since its inception in 2000, PIT has trained over 500 pit crew athletes from nearly every state and four foreign countries and has worked with more than 200 businesses from large Fortune 500 organizations across the country to small, local companies. More information can be found at


About Miller Welders:


Miller Electric Mfg. Co., headquartered in Appleton, Wis., is a leading worldwide manufacturer of arc welding and cutting equipment. Miller offers unsurpassed welding expertise, new technology and support you can always depend on. We are more than just reliable welding equipment. The Power of Blue is about transforming the way you do business. Visit for more information.


Media Contacts:


Trent Schanen

Director of Event Logistics & Regional Recruiting

Performance Instruction & Training (PIT) 


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