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A career as an auto mechanic or auto technician, requires diagnosing and repairing mechanical problems on any type of vehicle, including cars, trucks, and vans. The ideal auto mechanic enjoys working with his or her hands and applying logic and analytical skills to solve problems. Some mechanics choose to specialize, focusing on working with a certain vehicle type or particular kind of repair.

Connecticut Auto Mechanic Schools

Like most skilled trades, auto mechanics may consider getting formal training or certification in order to prepare for this career. Connecticut offers numerous automotive study programs throughout the state.

  • Naugatuck Valley Community College: Located in Waterbury, this school has an Automotive Technician program offering students both Associate of Science Degree programs and Certificate programs. Students learn everything they need for an automotive career, including electrical systems, engine repair, and brakes.

  • Bristol Technical Education Center: Here they offer a one-year Automotive Technology program that teaches students diagnostic and repair techniques for modern vehicles. Students receive hands-on study in a real-world environment.

  • Lincoln Tech: Their East Windsor branch offers two Automotive Technician programs, a standard course, as well as special training for a career working on Audi automobiles. Both options guide students through rebuilding an engine, performing diagnostics, and much more.

  • Gateway Community College: This school in New Haven offers an AAS in General Motors - Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP), designed by General Motors. While they learn, students also gain real-world experience through employment at a GM or AC Delco garage.

  • Porter and Chester Institute: Here they offer numerous Automotive Technology programs. Students receive hands-on training from ASE Certified Master Technicians, working on real cars with real problems.

What to Expect from Connecticut Auto Mechanic Programs

Modern automobiles have incredibly complex computer and electrical systems. This means that working on these systems requires up-to-date training on technology common in today's cars and trucks. Connecticut's Automotive Technician programs teach students all about:

  • Air conditioning and heating systems
  • Brake systems
  • Engine diagnostics and repair
  • Fuel and ignition systems
  • Automatic and manual transmissions and transaxles
  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Electronic and electrical systems

Some students choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree, while others pursue certification. They may also choose a specialized certification, such as:

  • Brakes
  • Electrical
  • Engine performance
  • Steering and suspension

Connecticut Auto Mechanic Certification and Licensing

The state of Connecticut does not require a license for auto mechanics. However, to increase your marketability as a mechanic, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is highly recommended. ASE certification may also help boost your income levels. Auto mechanics who service air conditioners may need an EPA 608 Technician Certification to work with refrigerants.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Connecticut

  • For ASE practice tests, study guides, testing tips, and more, visit the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
  • To work with refrigerants, you need EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.
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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
New Haven
Associate
5,965
Waterbury
Associate
5,966

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Connecticut. 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
Bridgeport 1930 $46,570
Stamford 1930 $46,570
Norwalk 1930 $46,570
Danbury 550 $46,900
Hartford 2840 $43,630
West Hartford 2840 $43,630
East Hartford 2840 $43,630
New Haven 1280 $44,640
Waterbury 520 $47,680

Sources:

  1. College Navigator, IES, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=CT&p=47.0604+15.0803&l=91+92, 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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