Automotive technicians, sometimes called auto mechanics or service technicians, work in a variety of auto maintenance facilities. These professionals are responsible for identifying and repairing problems with all parts of cars and light trucks, using the latest tools and diagnostic equipment. In some cases, they may also be required to interact with customers, or be responsible for paperwork or other administrative duties. Auto techs typically work in commercial auto repair shops, auto dealership service departments, or industrial facilities. Some also work in fleet management for corporate or government employers.
There are several schools in Nevada that offer formal training in automotive technology. Here are four colleges with programs in the field:
Automotive technology programs help prepare students to diagnose, maintain, and repair all parts of modern automobiles. In any auto tech program, students should expect to learn about the most important automotive systems, including:
Instruction is typically split between classroom-based lessons and hands-on training exercises. During the hands-on portion, students will have the chance to work on actual automobiles or automotive systems. This might take place at a workshop on campus, or even a local auto repair facility.
There is no requirement for automotive technicians to be licensed in the state of Nevada. However, some employers may not hire entry-level techs unless they have a specific minimum level of training or education.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredits automotive technology programs through its National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. A school that is given NATEF accreditation is certified to meet the Institute's standards in its curriculum. The Institute also offers ASE Certifications for individual auto techs. To qualify to take ASE exams and attempt certification, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience, or a combination of one year on-the-job experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program.
Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Nevada are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas||Bachelor||37,758|
|Truckee Meadows Community College||Reno||Associate||12,166|
|Western Nevada College||Carson City||Bachelor||4,820|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Nevada. 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.
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