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Auto mechanics are needed to carry out inspections, maintenance and repairs on small trucks and cars, assisting customers with everything from engines to brakes. This work often involves using traditional systems but a large part of this role now involves working with electronic systems. Typically, in order to pursue a career as an automotive service technician, you will need to have been trained in both traditional and modern mechanical systems.

Texas Auto Mechanic Schools

To become an auto mechanic, you may need to have the relevant experience and education in this field. There are a number of auto mechanic schools in Texas that can provide you with this, and these include:

  • Texas State Technical College - Established over 50 years ago, TSTC provide a wide range of programs for students, including automotive technology and auto collision technology.

  • Universal Technical Institute - UTI specializes in diploma programs and undergraduate degrees for those seeking a career as a marine, motorcycle, collision repair, diesel or automotive repair technician.

  • Lincoln College of Technology - Located at their Grand Prairie campus, Lincoln Tech provide hands-on career training which is carried out by ASE-certified trainers.

  • Western Technical College - Accredited by the Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), Western Technical College was founded in 1970. Today, they offer a wide range of programs that combine hands-on experiences, classroom work and career development that is industry-specific.

  • South Texas College - Offering over 100 programs in 5 locations across Texas, South Texas College in the largest higher-education facility in San Antonio.

  • Laredo Community College South - Founded in 1947, LCC is Laredo's oldest institute of higher education. They provide vocational, technical and academic programs, serving more than 12,000 students per year.

  • Austin Community College - Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC), ACC offer certificates and degrees in more than 100 different subject areas.

What to Expect from Texas Auto Mechanic Programs

Gaining an education at an auto mechanic school in Texas can provide you with all of the necessary skills and knowledge you need to pursue your career. During the program, you may find out how to:

  • Test systems and parts
  • Identify problems
  • Perform repairs to manufacturers' standards
  • Replace worn parts
  • Perform basic maintenance
  • Dissect and assemble engines, transmissions and transaxles
  • Use electronic diagnostic equipment

This often involves being in a classroom environment as well as gaining a hands-on experience in a service shop.

Texas Auto Mechanic License

It is a general requirement for all auto mechanics practicing in Texas to have obtained the relevant certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Here, you are able to choose an area that you want to specialize in, which could be automatic transmission, suspension and steering or engine performance, for example.

To be presented with one of these certificates, you will need to pass an exam and you will be required to have at least 2 years' work experience. Alternatively, you may be accepted if you've had a year's worth of work experience and you've received education in a relevant subject. Those who then wish to become an ASE Master Technician will be required to undergo all for the certificates offered, except for the light vehicle diesel engines.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Texas

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More Texas Auto Mechanic Schools

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Alvin
Associate
4,169
Amarillo
Associate
10,387
Lufkin
Associate
4,677
Austin
Associate
33,508
Lake Jackson
Bachelor
3,753
Farmers Branch
Associate
11,059
Lancaster
Associate
4,834
Killeen
Associate
21,532
Cisco
Associate
3,365
Beeville
Associate
3,196
Corpus Christi
Associate
11,167
Mesquite
Associate
10,653
El Paso
Associate
25,023
Hillsboro
Associate
3,556
Houston
Associate
43,518
Kilgore
Associate
5,150
Port Arthur
Associate
2,325
Laredo
Associate
7,831
Baytown
Associate
5,856
The Woodlands
Associate
39,756
Midland
Bachelor
5,739
Mount Pleasant
Associate
1,010
Odessa
Associate
4,580
Pasadena
Associate
23,805
Levelland
Associate
6,602
McAllen
Bachelor
19,827
Big Spring
Associate
119
Uvalde
Associate
4,716
San Antonio
Associate
9,256
Fort Worth
Associate
37,948
Texarkana
Associate
4,439
Harlingen
Associate
4,957
Waco
Associate
4,210
Sweetwater
Associate
1,639
Athens
Associate
5,046
Tyler
Associate
8,217
Vernon
Associate
2,808
El Paso
Associate
887
Wharton
Associate
5,892

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. 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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Abilene 360 $39,860
Amarillo 470 $40,350
Austin 3530 $39,190
Round Rock 3530 $39,190
Houston 11280 $40,820
The Woodlands 11280 $40,820
Sugar Land 11280 $40,820
Brownsville 430 $23,970
Harlingen 430 $23,970
Beaumont 920 $44,430
Port Arthur 920 $44,430
College Station 570 $38,350
Bryan 570 $38,350
Corpus Christi 710 $31,010
Dallas 11660 $40,580
Fort Worth 11660 $40,580
Arlington 11660 $40,580
El Paso 1460 $32,440
San Angelo 280 $38,890
San Antonio 3720 $38,800
New Braunfels 3720 $38,800
Laredo 400 $30,770
Longview 480 $37,530
Lubbock 780 $41,520
McAllen 1160 $28,360
Edinburg 1160 $28,360
Mission 1160 $28,360
Midland 380 $52,150
Killeen N/A $36,620
Temple N/A $36,620
Odessa 410 $37,690
Sherman 300 $35,140
Denison 300 $35,140
Tyler 470 $37,170
Victoria 210 $34,750
Waco 490 $39,630
Wichita Falls 420 $33,830

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, 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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