In most cases, auto mechanics repair and maintain cars, trucks, vans, and other vehicles. Qualified auto mechanics may work in repair shops, garages, car dealerships, or maintaining fleet vehicles. A successful career as an automotive technician requires a person who enjoys working with his or her hands, as well as someone who likes working with cars and engines.
Some mechanics choose to specialize, working only on a certain type of vehicle, such as motor cycles, heavy equipment, or imports. Others prefer to specialize on a particular type of repair, such as transmission or brake work.
The state of Vermont has a single school for students interested in pursuing a degree in automotive technology:
Students in automotive technology programs can expect to study the eight basic principles of auto repair:
Vehicles today have complex computer and electronic systems. Automotive technology students learn how to use this data to diagnose mechanical issues, and then design and implement a repair strategy. Along with classroom-based lessons, most programs include a hands-on training component, giving students the chance to work on actual vehicles or automotive systems.
The state of Vermont does not require auto mechanics to obtain a special license. However, Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) certification may help boost your resume as well as your earning power. In addition, some shops require ASE Certification.
The EPA requires certification in the proper handling of refrigerants for mechanics working with this substance, such as air conditioning repair technicians.
Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Vermont are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Vermont Technical College||Randolph Center||Bachelor||1,556|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Vermont. 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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