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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.
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More Arkansas 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
Blytheville
Associate
1,800
Beebe
Associate
4,311
State University
Doctorate
11,130
Russellville
Masters
7,476
Pocahontas
Associate
1,933
De Queen
Associate
1,115
Hot Springs
Associate
2,944
Harrison
Associate
2,077
Malvern
Associate
1,558
Melbourne
Associate
1,209
North Little Rock
Associate
8,768
El Dorado
Associate
1,319
Camden
Associate
2,111
Morrilton
Associate
1,809
Monticello
Masters
3,187
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. 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
Hot Springs 160 $36,850
Jonesboro 200 $24,340
Little Rock 1680 $34,310
North Little Rock 1680 $34,310
Conway 1680 $34,310
Pine Bluff 190 $24,890

Sources:

  • 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

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