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As an auto mechanic, your daily tasks in a service shop could include the maintenance, repair and inspection of cars and small trucks. You'll be using traditional systems in order to carry these jobs out but will be increasingly asked to use electronic systems that are being introduced for modern vehicles. Though Rhode Island is a small state, there are a number of larger metro areas close by to pursue job opportunities after completion of your certificate or training program.

Rhode Island Auto Mechanic Schools

There are a number of different venues to help provide you with the career assistance needed to become an auto mechanic. In Rhode Island there are a few popular auto mechanic schools, including:

  • New England Institute of Technology - This is a private, not-for-profit institute that offers online, master's, bachelor's and associate degrees in more than 50 different programs. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

  • East Providence Career and Technical Center - Serving students in Bristol/Warren, Barrington and East Providence areas and those who aren't able to enroll on a program of their choice in their area, East Providence Career and Technical Center offer courses that enable students to go on and pursue their post-secondary options.

  • Newport Area Career and Technical Center - Students are educated through experiences that lead to them gaining industry partnerships, running their own business and partaking in hands-on learning projects.

  • Warwick Area Career and Technical Center - Technical and career programs are offered to students attending several high schools in the area, including West Warwick and East Greenwich.

  • William M. Davies, Jr Career and Technical High School - At Davies students aren't just offered the standard curriculum but are also given the chance to gain an industry certification from one of nine different areas, including automotive careers.

What to Expect from Rhode Island Auto Mechanic Programs

Auto mechanic schools in Rhode Island can help you to gain the right education that you need to pursue your chosen career. Many of the programs may provide with the skills to:

  • Perform repairs to manufacturing standards
  • Replace worn parts
  • Perform basic care and maintenance
  • Identify problems
  • Test parts and systems
  • Dissect and assemble engines, transmissions and transaxles
  • Communicate with customers effectively

After this program, some students will then go on to gain an associate's degree.

Rhode Island Auto Mechanic License

In order to become a practicing auto mechanic in Rhode Island, you may require a certificate from the National Institute of Automatic Service Excellence. This will be where you choose a specialist area that you want to go into and could be anything from brakes to electronical systems. You can even undergo all of the tests to gain a certificate in each, which can then enable you to become an ASE Master Technician.

In order to gain any of these certificates, you will need to have 2 years of work experience in a related role, or have a relevant education and a year's work experience.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Rhode Island

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Sources:

  1. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service -- and-metechnicianschanics.htm, accessed September 9, 2016
  2. National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Improving Programs Through Accreditation, http://www.natef.org/NATEF-and-You/Students-Parents/Find-Accredited-Schools.aspx, accessed September 9, 2016
  3. O*NET OnLine Summary Report for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3023.00, accessed September 9, 2016

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