Auto Mechanic Schools and Career Training Information in Georgia

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in Georgia

Auto mechanics examine, diagnose, and repair a wide variety of vehicles, as well as a wide variety of mechanical issues. The ideal candidate for a career as an automotive technician enjoys working with his or her hands. He or she also applies logic to root out problems and discover the solution. Georgia auto mechanics might work in a wide variety of areas, including repair shops, auto dealerships, and garages.

Georgia Automotive Mechanic Schools

Most professionals in the auto mechanic industry have some type of certification or received formal training. Students can find automotive technician programs in numerous technical colleges found throughout the state of Georgia.

  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College: This school offers students numerous options with their Automotive Program, including an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Technology, and certification programs in Engine Performance, Chassis Technician, Collision Repair Assistant, and Transmission/Transaxle Technician.
  • Atlanta Technical College: Here they offer both degree and certification programs for Automotive Technology, where students learn about engine repair, climate control systems, and much more.
  • Lanier Technical College: This college offers degree and certification programs in Automotive Technology. Students may earn a variety of specialized certificates, such as a Chassis Technician, Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician, and an Engine Performance Technician.
  • Ogeechee Technical College: This school's Automotive Technology Program educates students pursuing an automotive career, including electrical systems, brake systems, and steering and suspension systems. Students choose between pursuing an AAS or a Technical Certificate.
  • North Georgia Tech: They offer students degree and certification programs in Automotive Technology and Auto Collision Repair. They may also pursue specialty certificates, such as Marine Engine Technology and Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician.

What to Expect from Georgia Auto Mechanic Programs

Modern vehicles feature complex, advanced electronic and computer systems. Today's mechanic needs the skills and training to match. Automotive technology students study the eight principles of ASE certification:

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

Some students choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree, while others pursue general certification or a specialized certification, such as:

  • Electrical
  • Brakes
  • Engine performance
  • Steering and suspension

Georgia Auto Mechanic Certification and License

The state of Georgia does not require auto mechanics to obtain a special license.

However, many of the top employers hire only mechanics with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. To increase your marketability and earning potential, 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 Georgia

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


  1. College Navigator, IES, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=GA&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 Georgia are listed below.

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More Georgia Auto Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Albany Technical College Albany Associate 2,770
Altamaha Technical College Jesup Associate 840
Appalachian Technical College Jasper Associate 998
Athens Technical College Athens Associate 4,041
Atlanta Technical College Atlanta Associate 3,327
Augusta Technical College Augusta Associate 4,516
Central Georgia Technical College Macon Associate 5,233
Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta Associate 6,264
College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick Associate 2,942
Columbus Technical College Columbus Associate 3,604
Coosa Valley Technical College Rome Associate 2,628
Dalton State College Dalton Bachelor 4,532
Dekalb Technical College Clarkston Associate 3,819
East Central Technical College Fitzgerald Associate 1,356
Flint River Technical College Thomaston Associate 886
Georgia Southwestern State University Americus Masters 2,405
Griffin Technical College Griffin Associate 4,032
Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville Associate 4,789
Heart of Georgia Technical College Dublin Associate 1,560
Lanier Technical College Oakwood Associate 3,303
Middle Georgia Technical College Warner Robins Associate 2,851
Moultrie Technical College Moultrie Associate 2,160
North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville Associate 1,964
North Metro Technical College Acworth Associate 2,222
Northwestern Technical College Rock Spring Associate 2,275
Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro Associate 1,921
Okefenokee Technical College Waycross Associate 1,550
Savannah Technical College Savannah Associate 4,159
South Georgia Technical College Americus Associate 1,853
Southwest Georgia Technical College Thomasville Associate 1,408
Swainsboro Technical College Swainsboro Associate 664
Valdosta State University Valdosta Doctorate 11,280
Valdosta Technical College Valdosta Associate 2,391
West Central Technical College Waco Associate 3,530
West Georgia Technical College LaGrange Associate 1,755

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Georgia. 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


Albany 440 $32260 1.64
Athens 380 $34600 1.04
Clarke County 380 $34600 1.04
Atlanta 12920 $36580 1.13
Sandy Springs 12920 $36580 1.13
Roswell 12920 $36580 1.13
Gainesville 430 $28890 1.18
Hinesville 80 $36430 1.04
Brunswick 240 $35570 1.35
Dalton 560 $25690 1.85
Rome 230 $34190 1.37
Macon 460 $28470 1.03
Savannah 1010 $41980 1.35
Valdosta 380 $25520 1.59
Warner Robins 350 $34060 1.11
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