Auto mechanics diagnose and repair mechanical problems on a wide variety of vehicles, working in garages, car dealerships, specialty service shops, and other automotive facilities.
If you enjoy working with your hands and using logic to solve problems, this may be the perfect career for you. You can choose a career as an all-around mechanic, or specialize in a certain type of vehicle, such as heavy equipment, motorcycles, or import cars.
Schools across Washington offer programs in automotive technology where students can earn certificates or even full degrees. Here are five institutions with training programs in the field:
For the most part, students in automotive technology programs can expect to learn about the following eight basic principles of auto repair:
To prepare students for a career working with the complex computer and electrical systems in today's vehicles, programs may also include in-depth training in diagnostics. Along with classroom-based instruction, programs typically have a hands-on training component, where students are given the chance to work on actual automotive systems.
Auto mechanics do not need a special license to work in the state of Washington. However, professionals may boost their résumé and earning power if they acquire Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) certification. In fact, some shops require it.
In addition, the EPA requires mechanics working with refrigerants to obtain proper certification.
Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Washington are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Bellingham Technical College||Bellingham||Associate||2,896|
|Big Bend Community College||Moses Lake||Associate||1,893|
|Clover Park Technical College||Lakewood||Associate||9,829|
|Columbia Basin College||Pasco||Associate||6,393|
|Grays Harbor College||Aberdeen||Associate||2,050|
|Green River Community College||Auburn||Associate||6,919|
|Lake Washington Technical College||Kirkland||Associate||3,996|
|Lower Columbia College||Longview||Associate||3,348|
|Peninsula College||Port Angeles||Bachelor||3,180|
|Renton Technical College||Renton||Associate||4,915|
|Seattle Community College-South Campus||Seattle||Bachelor||6,664|
|Shoreline Community College||Shoreline||Associate||5,581|
|Skagit Valley College||Mount Vernon||Associate||5,727|
|South Puget Sound Community College||Olympia||Associate||4,947|
|Spokane Community College||Spokane||Associate||6,961|
|Walla Walla Community College||Walla Walla||Associate||4,600|
|Walla Walla University||College Place||Masters||1,829|
|Wenatchee Valley College||Wenatchee||Associate||3,150|
|Western Washington University||Bellingham||Masters||14,276|
|Yakima Valley Community College||Yakima||Associate||4,354|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Washington. 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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