The successful auto mechanic enjoys working with his or her hands, while using logical, analytical thinking to solve problems. This helps in diagnosing and repairing any mechanical issues encountered in their work.
Auto technicians may choose to work on a variety of vehicles, or they may choose to specialize on a certain vehicle type or make. Some mechanics also choose to specialize in a particular type of repair, such as transmission work or brake repair.
Although there are many paths to becoming an auto mechanic, most workers either earn certification or go through a formal training program to prepare for the job. Florida offers many automotive technology programs throughout the state.
With the incredibly complex and advanced computer and electrical systems in today's vehicles, mechanics need skills and training to match. Students in this program might study the following principles of ASE certification:
Some students choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree, while others pursue certification. They may also choose a specialized certification, such as:
The state of Florida does not require auto mechanics to carry a license. However, many of the better auto shops hire only mechanics with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. To increase your marketability as an automotive technician, ASE certification is highly recommended.
Auto mechanics who service air conditioners may need an EPA 608 Technician Certification to work with refrigerants.
Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Florida are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Brevard Community College||Cocoa||Associate||14,496|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale||Associate||31,730|
|Central Florida Community College||Ocala||Associate||6,210|
|Daytona State College||Daytona Beach||Bachelor||13,675|
|Florida Community College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville||Bachelor||24,939|
|Indian River State College||Fort Pierce||Bachelor||14,932|
|Manatee Community College||Bradenton||Associate||9,869|
|Miami Dade College||Miami||Bachelor||54,094|
|Palm Beach Community College||Lake Worth||Associate||22,881|
|Pensacola Junior College||Pensacola||Associate||10,728|
|Polk Community College||Winter Haven||Associate||7,757|
|Santa Fe College||Gainesville||Associate||14,824|
|Seminole Community College||Sanford||Associate||12,745|
|South Florida Community College||Avon Park||Associate||2,787|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. 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.
|Fort Walton Beach||660||$34630||1.4|
|Port St. Lucie||890||$35700||1.45|
|West Palm Beach||12460||$37400||1.11|
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