Auto Mechanic Schools and Career Training Information in Florida

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in Florida

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.

Florida Automotive Mechanic Schools

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.

  • Santa Fe College: At this school they offer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Service Management Technology. The program is designed to raise the skill level beyond general automotive training programs.
  • Florida State College: In Jacksonville, this school offers AAS degrees in Automotive Service Management Technology, as well as Technical Certificates in Automotive Service Technician, and Workforce Certificates in Automotive Collision Repair or Medium and Heavy Duty Truck and Bus Technician.
  • Atlantic Technical College: Here they offer three programs: Advanced Automotive Technology - Toyota TTEN, Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing, and Automotive Service Technology. Instructors are ASE certified, and courses meet National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) guidelines.
  • Seminole State College: At this school there is an AAS degree in Automotive Technology, with the choice of one of three specialty tracks: Ford, General Motors, or Import. They also offer a vocational certificate for the Automotive Service Technology Program.
  • Broward College: This school has the Automotive Technology Program, where students may purse an AAS, and top students earn spots working at a real dealership while they study to earn their degree.

What to Expect from Florida Auto Mechanic Programs

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:

  • Automatic transmissions and transaxles
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and steering
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Engine performance
  • Engine repair
  • Manual drive train and axles
  • Heating and air conditioning

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

Florida Auto Mechanic Certification and Licensing

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.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Florida

  • For ASE practice tests, study guides, testing tips, and more, visit the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
  • To work with refrigerants, acquire EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.


  1. College Navigator, IES, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=FL&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

Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Florida are listed below.

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More Florida Auto Mechanic Schools

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
Chipola College Marianna Bachelor 2,144
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

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

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.

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


Gainesville 520 $37710 0.9
Homosassa Springs 280 $35510 1.98
Jacksonville 3700 $36560 1.29
Cape Coral 1620 $36030 1.48
Fort Myers 1620 $36030 1.48
Crestview 660 $34630 1.4
Fort Walton Beach 660 $34630 1.4
Destin 660 $34630 1.4
Deltona 1090 $32940 1.29
Daytona Beach 1090 $32940 1.29
Ormond Beach 1090 $32940 1.29
Orlando 5010 $36140 0.97
Kissimmee 5010 $36140 0.97
Sanford 5010 $36140 0.97
Palm Bay 1380 $32640 1.52
Melbourne 1380 $32640 1.52
Titusville 1380 $32640 1.52
Panama City 690 $31720 1.87
Pensacola 1010 $34290 1.34
Ferry Pass 1010 $34290 1.34
Brent 1010 $34290 1.34
Port St. Lucie 890 $35700 1.45
Punta Gorda 440 $34950 2.2
Lakeland 1430 $32630 1.5
Winter Haven 1430 $32630 1.5
Miami 12460 $37400 1.11
Fort Lauderdale 12460 $37400 1.11
West Palm Beach 12460 $37400 1.11
Naples 650 $43270 1.06
Immokalee 650 $43270 1.06
Marco Island 650 $43270 1.06
North Port 1660 $36300 1.31
Sarasota 1660 $36300 1.31
Bradenton 1660 $36300 1.31
Ocala 740 $37340 1.67
Sebastian 310 $34420 1.46
Vero Beach 310 $34420 1.46
Sebring 190 $33760 1.67
Tallahassee 770 $30720 1.04
Tampa 6670 $36450 1.19
St. Petersburg 6670 $36450 1.19
Clearwater 6670 $36450 1.19
The Villages 80 $44210 0.68
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