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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Arkansas are listed below.
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|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|
|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|
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.
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.
|North Little Rock||1500||$34030||0.96|
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