Department of Automotive

Jerry L. Mumm, Department Chair
Dondavid S. Powell, Troy Spratling,
Kenna Carter Secretary (208) 356-1862

The Brigham Young University-Idaho Automotive Department prepares students to enter one of the largest and far-reaching service industries that affects virtually every household. The opportunities in this field have never been better as the complexity of the automobile removes many operations and procedures from the realm of the do-it-yourself amateur technician. This results in a good demand for well trained, honest, and progressive individuals, whether it be in the technical, industrial, teaching, or business fields.

Students earn an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology which offers them two options. 1) Option A: Transferring into a four year Bachelor Degree Program in Automotive Technology. 2) Option B: Prepares them more to enter the world of work. The department has coordinated its curriculum to allow for easy transfer to area schools. Students may enter this program either fall or winter semester.

The Automotive Program is housed in the Mark Austin Engineering and Technology building, one of the finest facilities for automotive repair education available. It includes four laboratories, each furnished with quality testing and diagnostic equipment. The program reinforces diagnostic and repair skills by working on customer vehicles.

Special Costs: A lab fee of $60 per semester covering coveralls, shop towels, and cleaning fee is required of all auto majors. $20 is refundable upon return of towels and coveralls. The student is strongly encouraged to buy and use his own tools. They will need them for their internship and employment. Tool vendors will offer substantial discounts for student tool sets. It is not encouraged but the department has a limited number of modest tool kits available for rent. The deposit is $50 per semester for the basic set, of which $35 is refundable upon return of the intact set. Students are required to replace lost tools.

Minimum G.P.A. requirements: To qualify for graduation from the Automotive Program, students must achieve at least a "C" grade in every class.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

  Associate in Automotive Technology (195)

Option A: Leads to 4 year plan

This option is for students desiring to pursue a Bachelorís degree in Automotive Technology. They will begin their program at Brigham Young University-Idaho working with the latest technologies. Upon graduation from Brigham Young University-Idaho our students are prepared for transfer to Weber State University. If known in advance, the student may modify the program to fit some other university program. Your advisor will work with you to tailor a program with appropriate General Education and elective courses.

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester
Religion                               2
Auto 095 Lab Fee                       0
Auto 155 Str Susp/Brake                4
Auto 225 Auto Elec System              5
See required course list below         6
Total Credits                         17

Second Semester
Religion                               2
Auto 095 Lab Fee                       0
Auto 165 Auto Dr Mech                  4
Auto 235 Engine Performance            5
See required course list below         6
Total Credits                         17

Third Semester
Religion                               2
Auto 095 Lab Fee                       0
Auto 250 Maj Eng. Repair               5
Auto 265 Auto Trans                    5
See required course list below         6
Total Credits                         18

Fourth Semester
Religion                               2
Auto 095 Lab Fee                       0
Auto 221 Heat & Air Con                2
Auto 240 Diesel                        2
Auto 280 Comp & Diag Rep               5
See required course list below         3
Your choice of any GE class            3
Total Credits                         17

Because this is a Specialized Associate Degree students will not be required to complete all of the General Education requirements.

REQUIRED COURSE LIST Because of class scheduling difficulties these classes may be taken in any sequence, but try to take them as listed below. To graduate in two years (four semesters) be sure to take the recommended number of credits per semester.

Eng 111 College Writ                   3
IS 140 Micro Applications              3
Math 108 OR higher                     3
Ph 101 with lab                        4
Amer Her 170 Amer Heritage OR                 
PolSc 110 Amer Gov                     3
Chem 100 Mod Chem OR     
Chem 101 Intro to Chem                 4
Comm 220 Interpersonal                 3
AND take any one of the following courses:
BIO 250  Environ Bio with Lab          4
BIO 100  Prin of Bio with Lab          3
Eng 316 Technical Writing              3
Geol 101 Intro to Phys Geog            3
Math 110 College Algebra               3
Soc 112 Social Problems                3

Most four year schools require Math 110 College Algebra. See your advisor to determine how much math you need.

Option B Technician Option

This program is designed for the student who would like to be an Automotive Technician, Service Manager, or be involved in managing or owning their own business. Employment and pay is good to excellent with opportunity to locate where desired. Note: For those desiring to transfer to a four year university to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Technology Degree choose option A.

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester
Religion                               2
Auto 095 Lab Fee                       0
Auto 155 Str Susp/Brake                4
Auto 225 Auto Elec System              5
See required course list below         6
Total Credits                         17

Second Semester
Religion                               2
Auto 095 Lab Fee                       0
Auto 165 Auto Dr Mech                  4
Auto 235 Engine Perf                   5
See required course list below         6
Total Credits                         17

Summer Term
Auto 298 Internship                    2

Third Semester
Religion                               2
Auto 095 Lab Fee                       0
Auto 250 Maj Eng Repair                5
Auto 265 Auto Trans                    5
See required course list below         6
Total Credits                         18

Fourth Semester
Religion                               2
Auto 095 Lab Fee                       0
Auto 221 Heat & Air Con                2
Auto 240 Diesel                        2
Auto 280 Comp & Diag Rep               5
See required course list below         3
Your choice GE Elective                3
Total Credits                         17

REQUIRED COURSE LIST Because of class scheduling difficulties these classes may be taken in any sequence, but try to take them as listed below. To graduate in two years (four semesters) be sure to take the recommended number of credits per semester.

Eng 111 College Writ                   3
IS 140 Micro Applications              3
Math 108 OR higher                     3
Acctg 205 Survey of Acctg              3
Weld 105 Essent of Weld                4
Bus 275 Bus & Legal Envir              3
Bus 283 Entrepreneur Skills            3
Your choice of any GE class            3

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Auto 095 0
Clothing Rental and Cleaning Fee: $60 Covers lab fee and cleaning deposit. It is required of all Automotive majors. A portion of this fee is returned at semester end when coveralls and shop towels are returned. This fee does NOT cover tool rental.

Auto 100 Basic Auto (2:2:0)
A basic consumer orientation/career exploration class for those wanting to know more about their cars and careers in the automotive field. Information is through lectures and demonstrations. (You don't need a car to take this course.)

Auto 118 Automotive Maintenance and Service II (3:2:2)
Light repair and service especially regarding the electrical and fuel systems of their cars. Students should have an automobile, some basic tools, and some automotive experience, You will be working on lab assignments each week.

Auto 155 Steering, Suspension and Brakes (4:2:6)
Steering geometry and alignment, suspension service, brake service diagnosis and repair.

Auto 165 Automotive Drive Mechanisms (4:2:6)
Manual transmissions and transaxles, clutch mechanisms, transfer cases, drive shaft principles and theory, drive axle service, diagnosis, and repair.

Auto 221 Heating and Air Conditioning (2:4:4)
Wiring diagrams, vacuum circuits, climate control systems, air conditioning theory, diagnosis and repair of related systems. (2nd Block, Winter Semester)

Auto 225 Automotive Electrical Systems (5:6:6)
Basic electricity, automotive electrical circuits, starting systems, charging systems, accessory circuits, problem diagnosis, repair, and adjustment.

Auto 235 Engine Performance (5:6:6)
Diagnosis and repair of the automobile ignition system, fuel system, design and service of emission systems and fundamentals of fuel injection.

Auto 240 Automotive and Light Truck Diesel (2:4:4)
Theory and operation of diesel fuel injection, and the diesel engine with emphasis on automotive and light truck application. Covers diagnosis, tune-up, and light repairs. (1st Block, Winter Semester)

Auto 250 Major Engine Repair (5:4:8)
Engine theory and procedures for engine overhaul and rebuilding. Major problem diagnosis, testing, repairing, and ways of determining as a businessman the most feasible method of repair.

Auto 265 Automatic Transmissions (5:4:8)
Theory of operation, diagnosis and repair of common types of automatic transmissions used in passenger cars and light trucks.

Auto 280 Computers, Diagnostic & Repair (5:6:6)
Prerequisite Auto 225 & Auto 235
Emphasis on computer controlled systems. Advanced systems diagnosis of automotive systems covered; also repair or service recommendations concerning vehicle systems.

Auto 290 Ind Study 2
Special problems in Automotive skills. Credit and schedule arranged with Auto department coordinator.

Auto 298 Internship 2
Ten consecutive weeks of supervised on the-job training.
Required of all option B majors during interim summer. Conditions of internship handled on an individual basis by department intern coordinator.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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