Auto Mechanic Schools and Career Training Information in Arkansas

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in Arkansas

Automotive mechanics and technicians examine, diagnose, and repair a wide variety of mechanical issues in cars, trucks, vans, and more. After training, you may decide to specialize in a particular type of vehicle, or even in a particular type of repair.

A career as an Auto Mechanic requires the ability to use logic to diagnose and solve problems. In addition, the ideal candidate for a career as a mechanic enjoys working with his or her hands.

Arkansas Auto Mechanic Schools

There are many paths to becoming an automotive mechanic or technician, but most workers get some type of formal training. Arkansas offers students numerous auto programs across the state.

  • University of Arkansas Fort Smith: This school offers six programs in Automotive Technology, including an associate degree in general technology, and certifications in specialties like automotive drivability, automotive drivetrain, and automotive undercar.
  • Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute: This school in Forrest City offers a 53-week course in Automotive Service Technology designed to prepare students to become ASE Certified Master Technicians.
  • Pulaski Technical College: Located in North Little Rock, this school offers programs in Automotive and Diesel Technology. A Technical Certificate in Automotive Technology provides graduates proficiency in all eight areas of the Automotive Services Excellence (ASE) program.
  • Arkansas State University Beebe: Here they offer certification in Automotive Technology. The program meets both ASE and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards to prepare students for a career as an auto mechanic.
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello: This school offers two Automotive Service Technology programs: an associate degree or a Technical Certificate. Students learn to diagnose and repair modern automobiles and light trucks.

What to Expect from Arkansas Auto Mechanic Programs

Evolving technology has made modern vehicles much more complex, requiring service technicians with the skills and training to diagnose and work on these machines. Training in these programs includes:

  • Braking system
  • Electric and electronic system
  • Engine diagnosis and repair
  • Fuel and ignition system
  • Heating and cooling system
  • Manual and automatic transmission
  • Steering and suspension system
  • Transaxle system

Common courses include Manual Drive Train and Axles, Technical Mathematics, and Automotive Climate Control. Students develop the ability to recognize problems as well as design a plan to solve the issue.

Arkansas Auto Mechanic Certification and Licensing

There is no licensing requirement for auto mechanics in the state of Arkansas. However, most employers look for mechanics certified in ASE. If you work with heating and cooling systems, you may also require EPA 608 Technician Certification.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Arkansas

  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence provides users practice tests, study guides, testing tips, and more.
  • People working with refrigerants, such as those who service heating and cooling systems, need EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.


  • College Navigator, IES, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=AR&p=47.0604+15.0803&l=91+92, accessed September 3, 2016
  • Test Prep & Training, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, http://www.ase.com/Test-Prep-Training.aspx, accessed September 3, 2016
  • 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

Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Arkansas are listed below.

Selected Auto Mechanic Schools in Arkansas

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More Arkansas Auto Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Arkansas Northeastern College Blytheville Associate 1,800
Arkansas State University-Beebe Beebe Associate 4,311
Arkansas State University-Main Campus State University Doctorate 11,130
Arkansas Tech University Russellville Masters 7,476
Black River Technical College Pocahontas Associate 1,933
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas De Queen Associate 1,115
National Park Community College Hot Springs Associate 2,944
North Arkansas College Harrison Associate 2,077
Ouachita Technical College Malvern Associate 1,558
Ozarka College Melbourne Associate 1,209
Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock Associate 8,768
South Arkansas Community College El Dorado Associate 1,319
Southern Arkansas University Tech Camden Associate 2,111
University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton Morrilton Associate 1,809
University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello Masters 3,187
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Fort Smith Bachelor 6,611

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Arkansas. 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, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Hot Springs 140 $36660 0.84
Jonesboro 180 $24770 0.76
Pine Bluff 150 $26340 1.01
Little Rock 1500 $34030 0.96
North Little Rock 1500 $34030 0.96
Conway 1500 $34030 0.96
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