For the most part, automotive technology programs are designed to help prepare students for careers in the automotive maintenance industry. These programs typically provide basic classroom instruction and hands-on shop experience that teaches students about automotive maintenance, repair, and diagnostics. Professional auto technicians are responsible for identifying and repairing problems with all components of modern cars and light trucks, and may also have to deal with customers or perform administrative functions in the shop. They might work for independent commercial auto shops, car dealerships, or the fleet maintenance divisions of corporate or governmental employers.
Students interested in pursuing a formal education in automotive technology will find several options available from New Hampshire schools. Here is a list of institutions that offer programs in the field:
The goal of most automotive technology programs is to 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 instruction and hands-on training exercises. The hands-on component may take place at a campus workshop or an actual auto repair facility. Some schools even offer internship opportunities at local auto body shops, giving students the chance to gain valuable job experience while they finish their studies.
Automotive technicians in New Hampshire do not need a license to work in the state. Some employers, however, may only hire technicians who hold a certification or degree from an accredited training program.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence grants accreditation to automotive technology programs that meets its curriculum standards through its National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. The Institute's ASE Certification for individual auto techs provides a credential to experienced professionals who successfully complete the ASE certification exams. 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 of job experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive technology program.
Schools for Automotive Mechanics in New Hampshire are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Great Bay Community College||Stratham||Associate||2,069|
|Lakes Region Community College||Laconia||Associate||1,098|
|Manchester Community College||Manchester||Associate||2,174|
|Nashua Community College||Nashua||Associate||1,850|
|White Mountains Community College||Berlin||Associate||1,006|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for New Hampshire. 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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