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Automotive mechanics, also called automotive technicians, repair a variety of vehicles and often specialize in working on a particular vehicle type, such as large equipment or motorcycles. Their work involves examining, diagnosing, and repairing malfunctioning vehicles. You may choose to focus on one or two types of repair work, such as heating and cooling or transmission systems.

People who are good at analytical thinking, pay attention to detail, and enjoy working with their hands may enjoy a career in this field. Those considering becoming auto mechanics in Alabama may find career opportunities in service centers, auto dealerships, garages, and more.

Alabama Auto Mechanic Schools

Those considering a career in this industry may consider attending a trade school or technical program, as well as seek out certification or licensing. Here is a sample of the many auto mechanic programs throughout Alabama:

  • Faulkner State Community College: Located in Bay Minette, this school offers a two-semester training certificate program in Automotive Technology designed to prepare students to enter the field immediately upon completion.

  • Bevill State Community College: This school in Jasper offers the Vehicle Technology & Repair program with three concentration options: Automotive Service Excellence, Auto Body Repair, and Diesel Technician.

  • Trenholm State Community College: This Montgomery school offers three award programs in Automotive Technology, where students study the principles of the National Automotive Service Excellence Certifications.

  • J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College: This school in Huntsville offers students two degree programs in Automotive Service Technology, both designed to prepare students to repair modern vehicles and light trucks.

  • Lawson State Community College: Those in Birmingham may consider this school, which offers the Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence, with six available programs: Auto Body Repair, Automotive Mechanics, Ford ASSET, General Motors ASEP, Toyota T-TEN, and Medium/Heavy Truck Technician.

What to Expect from Alabama Auto Mechanic Programs

While all programs may vary, students in a typical automotive technician program study the following basic principles of auto repair:

  • Automatic transmission/transaxle
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Brakes
  • Engine performance
  • Engine repair
  • Drive train and axles
  • Steering and suspension

Typical beginner courses include Fundamentals of Automotive Technology and Electrical Fundamentals. Training includes diagnostics that aid in figuring out why the equipment isn't working properly, and then developing and executing a plan to repair it.

Alabama Auto Mechanic Certification and Licensing

The state of Alabama does not require licensing for auto mechanics. However, you can make yourself more valuable to prospective employers with the right certifications.

Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) certification may boost your résumé and earning power, and some shops require it. In addition, the EPA requires certification in the proper handling of refrigerants for mechanics working with this substance.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Alabama

  • ASE offers free practice tests and registration for ASE Certification.
  • The EPA offers information and tests on Stationary Refrigeration Certification.
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More Alabama Auto Mechanic Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Sumiton
Associate
3,986
Alexander City
Associate
2,177
Gadsden
Associate
5,514
Dothan
Associate
3,707
Hanceville
Associate
5,247
Montgomery
Associate
1,340
Huntsville
Associate
694
Brewton
Associate
1,257
Tanner
Associate
9,117
Birmingham
Associate
3,320
Andalusia
Associate
1,592
Muscle Shoals
Associate
3,678
Tuscaloosa
Associate
5,323
Wadley
Associate
4,936

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Alabama. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Automotive Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Mechanics relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Auburn 270 $41,990
Opelika 270 $41,990
Anniston 150 $36,110
Oxford 150 $36,110
Jacksonville 150 $36,110
Huntsville 730 $33,690
Daphne 300 $37,060
Fairhope 300 $37,060
Foley 300 $37,060
Decatur 220 $29,770
Dothan 290 $33,460
Birmingham 2360 $43,550
Hoover 2360 $43,550
Florence 220 $35,930
Muscle Shoals 220 $35,930
Gadsden 160 $34,290
Mobile 640 $38,260
Montgomery 670 $40,440
Tuscaloosa 400 $38,920

Sources:

  1. College Navigator, IES, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=AL&p=15.0803+47.0604, accessed September 3, 2016
  2. Test Prep & Training, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, http://www.ase.com/Test-Prep-Training.aspx, accessed September 3, 2016
  3. Types of Section 608 Technician Certification, EPA US Environmental Protection Agency, https://www.epa.gov/section608/types-section-608-technician-certification, accessed September 3, 2016

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