The BYU-Idaho Automotive Technology Program offers automotive repair for students, faculty and members of the community.
“These students doing the repairs are automotive engineering technology students,” said Justin Miller, faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. “Most of these students are not just here to learn how to fix cars. Many of these students will become those who develop cars.”
Repairs and projects brought in are counted as practical experience for the students and need to be related to the classwork, according to the university’s Vehicle Repair Web page.
“These repairs are for the students to gain practical experience and to help others,” Miller said.
Miller said that since the projects are student-run, the only time the students are available to complete repairs is during their class time, which occur for two hours a few days out of the week.
“Our service fee can range from $10-15 and then the payment for parts if needed,” Miller said. “Even though it is cheaper, the projects usually take longer.”
Once work on a car is started, owners are not allowed to take their car until the project is complete, according to the Vehicle Repair Web page.
“Most repairs would be best for people who can live without their car for several days or even a week or two,” Miller said.
Miller said the student mechanics are not perfect, but have a very high success rate.
“I didn’t know that the school offered this service,” said Rachel Reynolds, a freshman studying elementary education. “I feel, though, that having this on campus, I would be more willing to trust those working on my car and would be more willing to leave my car with these students because I live close to campus.”
Miller said BYU-I students are known for being prepared in the field once they leave school because of this practical experience from these projects.
“The first priority of this service is for students to gain personal experience, and our second priority is to fix cars,” Miller said.
Miller said the department is grateful for the faculty, students and members of the community who provide projects for the students.
Depending on the semester, certain projects are required to meet the students needs. Projects in the spring and fall semesters have different requirements than projects the students would need in the winter semester, according to the Vehicle Repair Web page.
There are three ways to sign up for a repair:
Through the Vehicle Repair Web page, www.byui.edu/automotive-technology/vehicle-repair
By phone at 208-496-7660
By email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find specifics on projects that the automotive repair students need, visit the Vehicle Repair Web page.