Automotive technology students hosted a free vehicle inspection in the Mark Austin Technology/Engineering Building automotive labs June 23.
The Automotive Service Night, held every semester, was started four and a half years ago by BYU-Idaho’s automotive technology program.
Usually 150 to 200 vehicles get checked. The auto students make sure every vehicle gets inspected.
The service night is entirely student-run, said Justin Miller, the automotive technology program coordinator. Students who volunteer are required to be enrolled in an automotive class, but do not have to be auto tech majors.
Preston Peterson, a sophomore majoring in general studies, is a regular volunteer in the automobile labs. He said the best part of helping with the auto service night is the opportunity to see all the different vehicle makes and models. He said it’s a great chance for auto students to see how components vary by different makes of cars.
The students inspect each vehicle quickly by working in teams of two and usually spending only five minutes checking each vehicle. After inspecting the vehicles, the volunteers give the owners the diagnoses of their visual inspections. The volunteers streamline the process by using the same checklist to diagnose each vehicle.
The volunteers don’t take anything apart; they conduct only a visual inspection. Visual inspections take a shorter amount of time than other vehicle work and still reveal the majority of issues a vehicle has.
About 80 percent of what’s wrong with a vehicle can be detected with a visual inspection, Peterson said.
Advertised auto conditions checked by the volunteers include engine oil, transmission and brake fluids, drive belts and hoses, tires and suspension components, head lamps, brakes and signal lights, and the check engine light.
Over 100 students are studying through the automotive technology program. The current job prospects for auto tech graduates are very bright, and job demand exists for a number of occations, Miller said.
Examples of occations auto tech graduates go into include technician, dealership employee, corporate manager, teacher, or engineering technician.