Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Dr. Craig Johnson

Second Committee Member

Dr. John Choi

Third Committee Member

Professor Charles Pringle


The Automotive Industry faces extreme safety concerns during the vehicle lifting process, how can these safety concerns be mediated for the personals in the automotive industry during this process? A revolutionary vehicle jack (“The Auto-Jack”) was developed to remove all unnecessary safety concerns that are presented to the user during the vehicle lifting process. Removing the user from having to position a standard vehicle jack and/or jack stands underneath the vehicle once the vehicle is lifted will eliminate all safety concerns surrounding user inflicted failure. A hydraulic circuit is used to operate the Auto-Jack, this allows the user to operate the jack from a safe distance. A vehicle jack with a larger surface area will eradicate all possibilities of collapse or malfunctions to take place during the lifting process. The Auto-Jack frame has a closed vertical height of under 0’-4”, which allows the user to drive the vehicle over the jack and operate it from a safe distance. A standard vehicle jack is capable of lifting one tire off the ground efficiently, while the Auto-Jack successfully can lift an entire car with the ease of button and also maintains a safe working environment. The following tests were conducted to ensure the success of the Auto-Jack: met the 5000-lb compressive strength requirement, over 2’-0” of surface area contact improves safety, ease of use, less than 0’-2” of sway when 50-lbs of side load is applied at full lift height, overall frame weight of less than 75-lbs, and vertical lift height of over 2’-0”. The practical engineering tests proved the Auto-Jacks effectiveness in the automotive industry.