Department of Automotive
Department Chair: Dondavid Powell
Department Secretary: Jamie Andersen (208) 496-7660
Department Faculty: Jerry MummDondavid PowellTroy Spratling

Department of Automotive
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 field professions.

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.

There are also some classes available to non-majors on an elective basis. This will provide them with consumer level general automotive knowledge and preventive maintenance repair skills.

Special Costs: A lab fee of $60 per semester covering coveralls, shop towels, and cleaning fee is required of all auto majors. The student is strongly encouraged to buy and use his/her 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 $25 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.

B.S. in Automotive Technology Management (410):

Students desiring to obtain a B.S. degree in Automotive Technology Management see the Business Management section of this catalog.
Program Description

A.A.S.  in Automotive Technology (346)   
Students earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology (346). This prepares them to enter the world of work as a service technician, or continue and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in BYU-Idaho's Technology Management program (410) with an Automotive emphasis, through the Department of Business Management. Graduates are prepared for management positions in the automotive industry. Students may begin either fall or winter semester, but must be admitted on the fall/winter track. Internships are done during the summer months. See adviser for details.

For a suggested course sequence, see

University Requirements

Religion Requirements

(Book of Mormon Courses)
Take 1 Course   
REL 121, 121H
          Take 1 Course   
          REL 122, 122H
                    Take this Course   
                    REL 221

Take 3 Credits   
REL 100, 130, 211, 211H, 215, 234, 235, 261, 264, 301, 301H, 302, 302H, 324, 324H, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

Online Learning

Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit

Other online course information is available at A list of online courses is available at (select a semester or term).

BE Requirements

I. Communication
   Take 1 Course
   ENG 111, 111C, 111H  

II. Computation
   Take 1 Course
   MATH 108, 108H  

III. Human Relations
   Take 1 Course
   B 370  

IV. Related Skills
   Take 1 Course
   IS 140  

Major Requirements

   Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
   AUTO 155, 155L, 165, 165L, 221, 225, 225L, 235, 235L, 240, 250, 265, 280, 298

   Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
   ME 131
   WELD 105, 280

   Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
   B 201, 220, 275, 283


   Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
   PH 101, 101L

             Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
             CHEM 100, 101

Course Descriptions

AUTO 100 Basic Auto (2:2:0)
A basic consumer awareness and career exploration class for those wanting to know more about their car and the careers that are available in the automotive field. Information is through lectures and demonstrations. Owning a vehicle is not a requirement.
(Fall, Winter, and Summer)
AUTO 118 Automotive Maintenance and Service II (3:2:2)
Fee:  $10
Prerequisite: Auto 100 or some automotive experience.
Vehicle light repair and maintenance with emphasis in electrical, brake and fuel systems. Students need to have an automobile, some basic tools, and some automotive experience. Course includes weekly lab assignments.
(Fall, Winter, and Summer)
AUTO 155 Steering, Suspension, and Brakes (2:2:0)
Fee:  $60.00
Prerequisite: Be an automotive major or have the instructor's consent.
A class oriented towards automotive majors that teaches service and repair procedures on the steering, suspension, and brake systems that are found on today's cars and light trucks. Students must also register for one section of Auto 155L.
AUTO 155L Steering, Suspension, and Brakes Lab (2:0:6)
Prerequisite: Be automotive major or have instructor's consent.
Diagnosis and service of suspension, steering, brake systems, and vehicle wheel alignment of both cars and light trucks. This is the lab portion of Auto 155.
AUTO 165 Automotive Drive Mechanisms (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: Automotive major or consent of the instructor.
Principles and theory, diagnosis and repair of clutch mechanisms, manual transmissions and transaxles, transfer cases, drive shafts, and drive axles. Students must also register for an Auto 165L lab.
AUTO 165L Automotive Drive Mechanisms Lab (2:0:6)
Prerequisite: Automotive major or consent of instructor.
Practical experience with clutch mechanisms, manual transmissions and transaxles, transfer cases, drive shaft principles and theory, drive axle service, diagnosis, and repair. This is the lab portion of Auto 165.
(Winter )
AUTO 221 Heating & Air Conditioning (2:1:3)
Prerequisite: Automotive major or consent of instructor.
Wiring diagrams, vacuum circuits, climate control systems, air conditioning theory, and their computer controls diagnosis and repair of all related systems.
(Winter 2nd Block)
AUTO 225 Automotive Electrical Systems (3:6:0)
Prerequisite: Automotive Major or consent of instructor.
Basic electricity, automotive electrical circuits, starting systems, charging systems, accessory circuits, problem diagnosis, repair, and adjustment. Students must also register for an Auto 225L lab.
AUTO 225L Automotive Electrical Systems (2:0:6)
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Auto 225 is required.
Basic electricity, automotive electrical circuits, starting systems, charging systems, accessory circuits, problem diagnosis, repair, and adjustment.
(Fall Semester)
AUTO 235 Engine Performance (3:6:0)
Fee:  $60.00
Prerequisite: Automotive major or instructor's consent.
A class oriented towards automotive majors that teaches the operation, diagnosis and service of automobile and light truck ignition, fuel, and the design and service of emission systems. An introduction to computerized engine controls is an important portion of this class as well. Students must also register for Auto 235L.
AUTO 235L Engine Performance Lab (2:0:6)
Prerequisite: Be an automotive major or have the instructor's consent.
Perform diagnosis and service on vehicles in the area of: fuel, ignition, and emissions systems. How to access vehicle computer control information of each of the above listed systems. This is the lab portion of Auto 235.
AUTO 240 Automotive Alternate & Flexible Fuel Systems (2:3:5)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Auto 225 and Auto 235.
An introductory course on alternative fuels and how they are used in today's vehicles. Various alternative fuels will be compared. The theory of operation, system components, and safe handling of these fuels. Flex fuel vehicles theory of operation and components.
(Winter 1st Block)
AUTO 250 Major Engine Repair (5:4:8)
Fee:  $60.00
Prerequisite: Sophomore Automotive Majors only and successful completion of Auto 235 and Auto 235L.
An engine repair class oriented towards automotive majors. Engine operation and the procedures for performing overhaul and rebuilding will be the emphasis. Determining which repairs are the most feasible and successful will be part of the curriculum.
AUTO 265 Automatic Transmissions (5:4:8)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Auto 155, Auto 165, Auto 225, and Labs or instructor consent. Sophomore Automotive Majors only.
Theory of operation, diagnosis and repair of common automatic transmissions used in passenger cars and light trucks.
AUTO 280 Computers, Diagnostic & Repair (5:6:6)
Fee:  $60
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Auto 225, Auto 235 and Labs.
Emphasis on computer controlled systems. Advanced systems diagnosis of automotive systems covered; also repair or service recommendations concerning vehicle systems.
AUTO 290 Independent Study (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Coordinated with Automotive department chairman in advance.
Special problems in Automotive skills. Credit and schedule arranged with Auto department chairman.
(Winter, Summer, and Fall)
AUTO 298 Internship (1:0:0)
Prerequisite: Automotive major.
Five consecutive weeks of supervised on-the-job training, totaling at least 200 hours. Required during interim summer of all 2-year majors. Conditions of internship are handled on an individual basis by department intern coordinator. This does not replace the 4-year Technology Management internship requirement.
(Winter, Summer, and Fall)