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Tech inspector team meeting, Baja Illinois, 2017.
Myth 1-You cannot pass tech inspection on the first try. Techs will
always find something to ensure you do not pass.
FALSE. Teams that are prepared, ask questions during the year on items
that they are not clear on, review their car before arriving at Tech using
the provided check list, have all their drivers present, and have all the
required paperwork filled out correctly will be the teams that pass on
first try. It is much faster for Techs when a team is prepared than when
we find items that are not in compliance. It takes about 30 minutes to
pass a well-prepared team. For a team that is not prepared, it can take
more than an hour. A team's experience or level of financial support
does is irrelevant to passing on the first try. First-year teams that were
prepared have passed tech inspection on the first try.
Myth 2-Tech inspection doesn't have a recheck line. If they did, then it
would be faster.
FALSE. If we dedicated resources and created a separate line, it might
be faster for the few teams that are rechecked, but it would slow down
the overall process and reduce the number of first-time teams that get
through on Day 1. Teams would still stand in line waiting for a recheck,
and resources would be spread thinner. Currently, the first 70-80 teams
that are ready for tech inspection on Day 1 in the morning will be seen
prior to 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., the line is 90% rechecks, and we do separate
the rechecks and first-time cars to best use resources. This allows us to
keep a single numbering system in place for both days; the second day
for all the rechecks and any of the first-time-through teams that waited
to the end of the day to get a number.
Myth 3-Techs make up rules to fail teams.
FALSE. Sometimes rules require interpretation. Once we make an
interpretation for one car, we apply it equally to all cars. Design and
innovation in Baja SAE is constantly evolving, and we do our best to
evaluate every vehicle against the rules and requirements
of the competition.
Myth 4-All techs work for Honda.
FALSE. Honda sponsors tech inspection by helping
with a portion of the costs associated with staffing and
running the event. At each event, Honda sends 3-5 of
its employees to volunteer as techs, but the other 20-25
techs have no affiliation with Honda.
Below are a few assumptions that are correct.
Techs will allow some teams to cut the line and come in
the back of the tent to go through tech inspection.
In some situations, a Tech might miss an item on a
car and it is found in final tech. We consider that our
fault. When we make a mistake, we still require the team
to address the issue, but we do not make them get back
in line for tech inspection. They may return to final tech
directly when the fix has been implemented.
Techs find things at one event that were not found at a
As stated above, we have all levels of volunteers and we
are not 100% perfect at inspecting every car. But if we
find something later, we cannot say it passes because it
was missed at the last event. Our only motivation is to
ensure the safety of the event, the students, volunteers,
and spectators, and to treat all teams fairly and equally.
By Sam Barill,
SAE Collegiate Program Manager
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Momentum - March 2018
Companies mine talent at CDS competitions
All quiet on the snowmobile front
Monash University a double winner at Formula SAE-Australia
A return to glory days?
Setting the record straight on Baja SAE technical inspection
Paccar reveals new and future tech at CES 2018
OA-X contender moonlights as AFRL testbed
Chevy unveils larger, lighter 2019 Silverado
Students get the spotlight at SAE Carolina Section meeting
SAE 101: WCX World Congress Experience
More U.S.-born faculty: a university responsibility
Dossier: Lauren Goulet of John Deere
Help yourself by helping others
Just announced: new student scholarships—apply by March 15
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Momentum - March 2018 - Contents
Momentum - March 2018 - Companies mine talent at CDS competitions
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Momentum - March 2018 - All quiet on the snowmobile front
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Momentum - March 2018 - Monash University a double winner at Formula SAE-Australia
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Momentum - March 2018 - A return to glory days?
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Momentum - March 2018 - Setting the record straight on Baja SAE technical inspection
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Momentum - March 2018 - Paccar reveals new and future tech at CES 2018
Momentum - March 2018 - OA-X contender moonlights as AFRL testbed
Momentum - March 2018 - Chevy unveils larger, lighter 2019 Silverado
Momentum - March 2018 - Students get the spotlight at SAE Carolina Section meeting
Momentum - March 2018 - SAE 101: WCX World Congress Experience
Momentum - March 2018 - More U.S.-born faculty: a university responsibility
Momentum - March 2018 - Dossier: Lauren Goulet of John Deere
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Momentum - March 2018 - Just announced: new student scholarships—apply by March 15
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