Automotive service technicians and mechanics can take on a number of roles which involve repairing, maintaining and inspecting cars and small trucks. Even though this may include working with traditional mechanical systems, such as transmissions, drive belts and engines; electronic systems are also becoming a predominant part of the career too. And while there's no one path to becoming an auto mechanic, most professionals start out with some kind of training at a technical program or trade school.
There are a number of schools in North Carolina that can provide you with the relevant education you need in order to pursue a career as an automotive mechanic, whether it's a certification or an associate degree. A few popular examples include:
When you prepare for your career at an auto mechanic school in North Carolina, you can expect to learn a wide variety of hands-on skills. Your training will cover a range of things, including:
Your time at the school may also alternate between being full-time in the classroom to working full-time in a service shop.
All auto mechanics working in North Carolina generally require a certificate from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. This is available in a number of different specialist areas, including suspension and steering, manual drive train and axles, heating and air-conditioning, engine repair, engine performance, electronic systems, light vehicle diesel engines, brakes and automatic transmission.
In order to achieve this certification, you'll need to pass an exam and have at least 2 years of experience (or a year of experience alongside relevant schooling). Those who are able to achieve a certificate in all of the above areas (a certification in light vehicle diesel engines isn't required) may also be able to earn the status of an ASE Master Technician.
Schools for Automotive Mechanics in North Carolina are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Alamance Community College||Graham||Associate||3,925|
|Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College||Asheville||Associate||6,408|
|Beaufort County Community College||Washington||Associate||1,476|
|Blue Ridge Community College Flat Rock||Flat Rock||Associate||1,968|
|Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute||Hudson||Associate||3,728|
|Cape Fear Community College||Wilmington||Associate||7,570|
|Catawba Valley Community College||Hickory||Associate||4,765|
|Central Carolina Community College||Sanford||Associate||4,603|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte||Associate||18,052|
|Coastal Carolina Community College||Jacksonville||Associate||4,349|
|Craven Community College||New Bern||Associate||3,032|
|Davidson County Community College||Thomasville||Associate||3,399|
|Durham Technical Community College||Durham||Associate||5,170|
|Edgecombe Community College||Tarboro||Associate||1,687|
|Fayetteville Technical Community College||Fayetteville||Associate||9,063|
|Forsyth Technical Community College||Winston Salem||Associate||7,276|
|Guilford Technical Community College||Jamestown||Associate||10,571|
|Halifax Community College||Weldon||Associate||1,142|
|Haywood Community College||Clyde||Associate||2,127|
|James Sprunt Community College||Kenansville||Associate||1,118|
|Lenoir Community College||Kinston||Associate||2,733|
|Martin Community College||Williamston||Associate||755|
|McDowell Technical Community College||Marion||Associate||1,134|
|Pitt Community College||Winterville||Associate||6,499|
|Randolph Community College||Asheboro||Associate||2,521|
|Rowan-Cabarrus Community College||Salisbury||Associate||5,158|
|Sandhills Community College||Pinehurst||Associate||3,826|
|Southwestern Community College Sylva||Sylva||Associate||2,040|
|Surry Community College||Dobson||Associate||3,201|
|Tri-County Community College||Murphy||Associate||1,079|
|Vance-Granville Community College||Henderson||Associate||4,135|
|Wake Technical Community College||Raleigh||Associate||12,238|
|Wayne Community College||Goldsboro||Associate||2,988|
|Wilkes Community College||Wilkesboro||Associate||2,476|
|Wilson Community College||Wilson||Associate||1,642|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for North Carolina. 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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