Engine Builder Conference: A Must for High-Performance Racing, Parts Manufacturers


By Michael Hart

AETC Audience
The Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC) brings together engine builders and design engineers to share ideas and improve their knowledge on the latest innovations in performance technology.

Gale Banks of Gale Banks Engineering said it best about the level of content at the annual Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC): “The guys in this audience are knowledgeable; they know what they’re doing.”

Banks wasn’t the only one to draw that conclusion about the 2016 edition of AETC that wrapped up December 7 in conjunction with the PRI Show in Indianapolis.

For two days, the smartest minds in automotive performance technology shared ideas about how to not only do their jobs as engine builders and design engineers better, but to grow their businesses as well.

Halston Harrist, president and founder of H-Squad Racing Engines in Houston, said, “I’ve got a young business, so getting to meet some of these guys and learn from them, I was star-struck.”

Harrist and others at the conference spoke of the innovations Banks presented regarding force induction. “That was all new to me,” Harrist said.

Banks himself said his presentation on force induction could mean something new to enthusiasts everywhere. “It’s something they never knew existed,” Banks said. “This is going to put knowledge in the enthusiast community that’s beyond anything they have now.”

Banks’ presentation and the panel discussion SEMA Vice Presidentof Vehicle Technology John Waraniak led on “Advanced Engine Technology and Design Discussions With OEMs” were just a couple highlights of a successful conference.

This was the 27th annual AETC and it represents a new era for the automotive performance technology event as SEMA takes on a bigger role in its development. Waraniak said attendees at next year’s conference will find the same high-quality content they have become accustomed to and benefit from networking with industry leaders and their peers.

Early bird discounts on registration for this year’s AETC, scheduled December 5-6 in Atlanta, are now available.

Once again, it will be the best place to:

  • See the latest in cutting-edge engine technology
  • Review race-proven case studies in high performance engine design
  • Meet leading experts in the field
  • Network one-on-one with the smartest people in the industry

“That’s the best part for me,” said Joe Moch, president and CEO of Oliver Racing Parts in Charlevoix, Mich. “It’s a good opportunity to meet and say 'hi' to friends and colleagues in the industry. And I always enjoy seeing new things and finding out what the engine builders are up to.”

Take advantage of early-bird registration at

For more details, contact SEMA’s Senior Director of Education Zane Clark.